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fore-jeer bitts

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  • The port-admiral be damned!

    March 6, 2008

  • Alternate spelling of fore-jear bitts that occurs in the novel following the one I cited on that page. Urgh.

    "...one broken collarbone—a sheet-anchor man who ... undertook to show his mates how to dance the Irish trot poised on the fore-jeer bitts."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 123

    March 6, 2008