from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rope so arranged that it may be readily let go; a rope passed through the ring of a mooring-buoy with both ends on board ship, so that by letting go one end and hauling on the other the ship will be disengaged.


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  • He must attach the nooses equally on the points; and see that the props are regularly fixed, raising the pouch towards the middle; 194 and into the slip-rope he must insert

    On Hunting

  • No sooner had we come to anchor, than the slip-rope, and the other preparations for southeasters, were got ready; and there was reason enough for it, for we lay exposed to every wind that could blow, except the north-west, and that came over a flat country with a range of more than a league of water.

    Chapter XIV. Santa Barbara-Hide-Droghing-Harbor Duties-Discontent-San Pedro

  • As it was January when we arrived, and the middle of the southeaster season, we accordingly came to anchor at the distance of three miles from the shore, in eleven fathoms water, and bent a slip-rope and buoys to our cables, cast off the yard-arm gaskets from the sails, and stopped them all with rope-yarns.

    Chapter IX. California-A South-Easter

  • The shore is rocky, and directly exposed to the south-east, so that vessels are obliged to slip and run for their lives on the first sign of a gale; and late as it was in the season, we got up our slip-rope and gear, though we meant to stay only twenty-four hours.

    Chapter XVIII. Easter Sunday-“Sail Ho!”-Whales-San Juan-Romance of Hide-Droghing-San Diego Again

  • Thursday, Oct. 22d, at San Pedro, in the old south-easter berth, a league from shore, with a slip-rope on the cable, reefs in the topsails, and rope-yarns for gaskets.

    Chapter XXIV. San Diego Again-A Descent-Hurried Departure-A New Shipmate

  • The chain is then passed through the hawse-hole and round the windlass, and bitted, the slip-rope taken round outside and brought into the stern port, and she is safe in her old berth.

    Chapter X. A South-Easter-Passage up the Coast

  • Coming a little to the windward of our buoy, we clewed up the light sails, backed our main top-sail, and lowered a boat, which pulled off, and made fast a spare hawser to the buoy on the end of the slip-rope.

    Chapter X. A South-Easter-Passage up the Coast

  • We brought the other end to the capstan, and hove in upon it until we came to the slip-rope, which we took to the windlass, and walked her up to her chain, the captain helping her by backing and filling the sails.

    Chapter X. A South-Easter-Passage up the Coast

  • After the topsails had been sheeted home, the head yards braced aback, the fore-top-mast staysail hoisted, and the buoys streamed, and all ready forward, for slipping, we went aft and manned the slip-rope which came through the stern port with a turn round the timber-heads.

    Chapter X. A South-Easter-Passage up the Coast

  • ” “All gone, sir; ” and the iron cable grated over the windlass and through the hawse-hole, and the little vessel’s head swinging off from the wind under the force of her backed head sails, brought the strain upon the slip-rope.

    Chapter X. A South-Easter-Passage up the Coast


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