from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- tackle used for raising the anchor to the cat-head.
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This, however, was entirely owing to the wretched state of our cordage; as the strain was not very considerable, and we had besides assisted the cable in coming in, by clapping the cat-tackle on it.
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