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  • The mechanism, one of a pair, by which a cannon is pulled in and out of a sailing ship's gun ports.

    "...sometimes clapping on to a side-tackle to run the gun up, sometimes heaving on a crow to point it..."

    (54)

    "Once Jumping Billy broke both breeching and after side-tackle and since there was a heavy swell from the south-west the whole lethal mass of gun and carriage would have run amok on the deck if Padeen, who was enormously strong, had not wedged it with a handspike until his mates could make all fast."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 55

    February 27, 2008