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- n. Plural form of catharping.
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The atmosphere below must have been very oppressive indeed to induce Mr. Barker to come up before breakfast -- in fact, before eight o'clock -- for the sake of smoking a solitary cigar up there by the catharpings.
The position taken by Cross and myself was very secure, being between the main-top and the catharpings, and the water was so warm that we did not feel the occasional immersion; five other men were close to us, but not a word was said, -- indeed, hardly a recognition exchanged.
The shot had struck the foremast of the _Enterprise_, and cut it in two below the catharpings.
Here a stage was erected on either side, over the cathead, with steps to ascend to it; a tail block was attached to the boom-iron, at the outer extremity of each foreyard-arm, and through this a rope was rove, one end of which came down to the stage; the other was led along the yard into the catharpings, and thence down upon the main deck.
The danger seethed passed when we reached the catharpings, where we had foot room.