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bilby commented on the word chain-boat
So-called for the inevitable presence of a chained bear, usually assigned to swabbing the decks with historical terms or pointed rearwards at the enemy and used as artillery.
October 11, 2008
chained_bear commented on the word chain-boat
"Chain-boat, a rather large boat fitted with a davit over its stern, and two windlasses, one forward and the other aft, in the inside. It is used for getting up mooring chains, anchors, or otherwise."
—Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 80
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