from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, an iron pipe or casing in the deck of a ship through which the chain cable is led.
  • n. A long leather tube for covering the trace-chains of harness as a protection against injury from the chains themselves.


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  • He was half lying down, half sitting on the edge of one of the bunks, nursing the big stray tortoise-shell tom-cat which had shared his lodgings in the forepeak, and he had mistaken it for a rat as it crept up and down the chain-pipe to see what it could pick up in the cook's galley at meal-times, which it seemed to know by some peculiar instinct of its own; and although thus partially partial to Ching Wang's society, the cat now appeared to have taken even a greater fancy to his bed - fellow in his hiding-place below than it had done to the cook, looking upon the stowaway evidently as a fellow-comrade, who was unfortunately in similar circumstances to himself.

    Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea


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