from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a light rail raised about half a foot above the quarter-rail of a ship.


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  • We dragged over the outer bar and into Bootle Bay, and there we lay, the ship full of water, and everything gone above the monkey-rail.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • As the visitors lined up against the monkey-rail and looked down on the scene, Mr. Becker launched such

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

  • The object of their remarks, meanwhile, stood once more quietly leaning over the monkey-rail on the weather side of the quarter-deck, quite unconscious that he was supplying a theme of entertainment to the forecastle.

    The Sea-Witch Or, the African Quadroon : a Story of the Slave Coast

  • Even Spike was so far astonished as to spring in upon deck, and, for a single instant, not a man was to be seen above the monkey-rail of the brig.

    Jack Tier

  • A few men were lounging about the heel of the bowsprit on the forecastle, one or two were busy in the waist coiling cable; an officer of second or third caste a quiet, but decided character, to judge from his features, stood with folded arms just abaft the mizzen-mast, and a youthful figure, almost too young seemingly for so responsible a post, leaned idly against the monkey-rail, near the sage old tar who was at the helm.

    The Sea-Witch Or, the African Quadroon : a Story of the Slave Coast


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