from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Naut, a short rope and chain sustaining the shank and flukes of an anchor against the ship's side, as the stopper fastens the ring and stock to the cat-head.


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  • As the starboard bower-anchor was hanging only by the shank-painter, and its stock, which was of iron, was working into the ship's side, the chain-cable was unshackled, and the anchor was cut away from the bows.

    The Wreck on the Andamans

  • He started to cast off the shank-painter of the second anchor, when Bill Blunt's hoarse bellow pealed from aft.

    Gold Out of Celebes

  • As her own ring-stopper and shank-painter were weak, the patent windlass unlocked, and the end of the cable not secured in the chain-locker, the _Ishmaelite_ walked calmly away with the anchor and a hundred fathoms of chain, which, at the next port, she sold as legitimate spoil of the sea.

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

  • While he was thus busied, Mark was looking to the stopper and shank-painter of the sheet-anchor, which had been got ready to let go, before Captain Crutchely was lost.

    The Crater

  • Then he passed down to the cable himself, directing his companions to hand him the rope-end of the shank-painter, which he fastened to the cable by a jamming hitch.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • Then he was seen on the taffrail of the felucca, with a spare shank-painter, which had been lying on the forecastle, on his shoulder.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • As a matter of course, while the cable was paid out, the portion to which the lanyard or rope part of the shank-painter was fastened dropped into the water, while the felucca rode by the chain.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • We are catted and fished, sir, and the forecastle-men are passing the shank-painter at this moment. "

    The Two Admirals


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