from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the levers, generally of wood, by which a capstan is turned.


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  • “Nor did I ever have a headache except the time my head was healing after having been laid open for six inches by a capstan-bar.”

    Chapter 10

  • I found myself swimming there, on top, and not so much as a capstan-bar to make me a life-buoy.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • The weapon to which the sailor was most partial, however, was the familiar capstan-bar.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The captain, armed with a weapon which he wielded with both hands, and which I took to be a capstan-bar, struck right and left among the boarders as they attempted to gain the deck, and one, at least of them, fell back with a heavy plunge into the water.

    The Island Home

  • "As easily as you can distinguish a marlinespike from a capstan-bar," answered Captain Miles.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • Soon I had two of the enemy backed up to the forehatch, and before their worryin 'eyes I flourishes my capstan-bar.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

  • Many a good fight used to be settled in th 'old sailin'-ship days with a capstan-bar.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

  • And if y'ever handled one you know what a great little persuader a capstan-bar is.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

  • Suddenly, away aft, I heard shouting, and then on the deck overhead, came the loud thudding of someone pomping with a capstan-bar.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 16

  • Then I had a capstan-bar from the rack near, and smote with it at the thing, crying all the while for help, and at my blow the thing went from my sight, and the bo'sun was with me, and some of the men.

    The Boats of the Glen Carrig: Chapter 17


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