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  • noun Plural form of clewline.


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  • The skysails were already furled; men were furling the royals; and the topgallant-yards were running down while clewlines and buntlines bagged the canvas.


  • Then it was clewlines and buntlines and lowering of yards as the topgallant-sails were stripped off.


  • They control absolutely -- sheets, halyards, clewlines, buntlines, braces, and down-hauls -- every sail on the fore and main.


  • “Stand by the main royal clewlines and buntlines,” I heard him shout, and the next instant came the hollow thutter of the sail as he started to lower away.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • But, speedily as we had hurried, on mounting the poop-ladder and rushing towards the bitts at the foot of the mizzenmast to cast off the bunt - lines and clewlines of the trysail we found we had been already forestalled by an earlier arrival on the scene of action.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea

  • "Indeed!" said Mr Jellaby, gripping hold of one of the clewlines which hung down from the broken yard and swayed about in the wind, preparing to swing himself across the encumbered deck to the port shrouds beyond, where the man was lashed.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • A glance at the picture will show the clew-garnets and clewlines coming down to the corners and the buntlines coming straight down the sails.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • In an instant, up started the topmen in pursuit, as it seemed, of the middies in a sort of ` follow my leader 'chase; and ere the vibration of the commander's voice had ceased to tremble in the air, the active fellows were spread out along the footropes of the yards, loosing the lanyards of the gaskets and casting them off, while the deck-men let go the buntlines and clewlines and other running gear.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • The clewlines for these sails are double, and are called "clew-garnets."

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • The "sheet" pulls the sail out to its full extent down to the yard below, the clewlines and buntlines bring it up under the yard for furling.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891


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