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  • This way is quite allowable for a landsman; but Jerry, having no fear of my breaking my neck before his eyes, led the way by the futtock-shroud; and, as he quickly stood up in the top, I saw his face grinning over me while I hung with my back over the ocean, very doubtful whether I could climb round so as to get hold of the topmast-shrouds.

    A Voyage round the World A book for boys

  • Thus, the bo'sun and I made it our work to make the twelve grooves athwart the flat end of the stock, into which I proposed to fit and lash the bows, and this we accomplished by means of the iron futtock-shroud, which we heated in its middle part, and then, each taking an end (protecting our hands with canvas), we went one on each side and applied the iron until at length we had the grooves burnt out very nicely and accurately.

    The Boats of the Glen Carrig: Chapter 12

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  • I think perhaps a grumlin-puttock-shroud.

    October 21, 2008

  • Does this mean that a grumlin-futtock-shroud would be called a grumlin-puttock?

    October 21, 2008

  • "...now, patiently taught by Bonden, the medicos came up by the futtock-shrouds like Christians; and for the last fortnight they had done so without attendance, without life-lines or anything to break a headlong fall, although reaching the top in this, the seaman's, way entailed climbing what was in effect a rope ladder inclined some fifty-five degrees backwards, so that one hung, like a sloth, gazing at the sky."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 232

    A Sea of Words:
    futtock-shrouds or puttocks
    After about 1820, these ran from the futtock plates on the top to a band around the lower mast. In Aubrey's day, however, they were made fast to the futtock stave and the lower shrouds at the level of the lower yard. This was inherently less sturdy than the later arrangement, since the lee shrouds slackened off as the vessel rolled, and additional stiffening in the form of cat-harpings was needed. (206)

    March 9, 2008