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gammoning the bowsprit

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  • "Gammoning the bowsprit, the act of binding the inner quarter of the bowsprit close down to the ship's stem, in order to enable it the better to support the stays of the foremast, and carry sail in the fore part of the vessel. This is performed by passing seven or eight turns of a rope over the bowsprit, and through a large hole called the gammoning-hole, in the stem or knee of the head alternately: afterwards all the turns are drawn as firm as possible, the opposite ones are braced together under the bowsprit by a frapping...."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 164

    October 13, 2008