from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tackle or purchase used to raise the flukes of the anchor up to the gunwale. The block used is called the fish-block.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a tackle used for fishing or raising an anchor to the gunwale of a ship. To this tackle a pendant is attached, with a large iron hook, called the fish-hook, fastened to its end.


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  • Moral: A hook and line is good enough fish-tackle for any honest man.

    The Passing of Cock-Eye Blacklock

  • The fish-tackle was got up, fish-davit rigged out, and after two or three hours of hard and cold work, both the anchors were ready for instant use, a couple of kedges got up, a hawser coiled away upon the fore-hatch, and the deep-sea-lead-line overhauled and got ready.

    Two Years Before the Mast


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