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chained_bear commented on the word gallows-bit
"Gallows-bits, on flush-decks, the name of a strong frame of oak about eight inches square, made in the form of a gallows, and fixed at the fore and main hatchway, to support the spare topmasts, yards, booms, boats, &c."
—Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 164
October 13, 2008
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