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  • n. a short rope, or iron cramp, used to stop the shrouds interfering with the yards

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Examples

  • Could the author and constructor but box-haul, club-haul, tops'l-haul, and catharpin like the briny sailors of the strand, ah me!

    Voyage of the Liberdade

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  • Shockingly misprinted as carparthins (sic) in Edgar Vincent, _Nelson: Love and Fame_ (Yale, 2004), p. 19 — shocking because the point of the paragraph and sentence is precisely about the nature of technical terms in square-rigged sailing, and one would think a copyeditor might pay particular attention (and because the error isn't itself a known word).

    December 27, 2010