from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a channel. See channel.
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The schooner came down almost with the force of an avalanche, cleared the bowsprit, as I anticipated, but struck our larboard bow, swung alongside, caught by our chain-wale for a moment, was freed by a violent gust of wind, dropped astern, and was soon pounding upon the ledges.
The texture, unable to bear the heavy strain, gave way; the man slid from the chain-wale into the boat, which was quickly shoved off, and the two terrified landsmen pulled away from the inhospitable ship with almost superhuman vigor, leaving the coat - tail in the hands of the second officer, who waved it as a trophy of victory!
The captain ordered the men who held the arms of the sufferer to "hold on," and jumped in the chain-wale himself to assist them.