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  • As soon as she had cleared the Irish coast, a sullen, grey-headed old wave of the Atlantic climbed leisurely over her straight bows, and sat down on the steam-capstan used for hauling up the anchor.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • As fast as a little space was cleared, a small steamer went in, and with dredge and steam-capstan hauled out the obstructions.

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 2 (of 2)

  • "Look ye here, my lad, I'm going to have that there end of the cable taken a turn round the steam-capstan, and as soon as the chaps have got full steam on, the screw shall be turned, and we'll wind it off fine and good as noo."

    Fitz the Filibuster

  • Ohio was about one hundred and fifty miles; but the rivers were so low that the steamboats proceeded slowly, delayed by various obstacles and impediments, At Letart's Falls, on the Ohio, the water was a broken rapid, up which the boats had to be warped one at a time, by means of a heavy warp-line made fast to the bank and carried to the steam-capstan on the steamer.

    Military Reminiscences of the Civil War, Volume 1 April 1861-November 1863

  • a bill for small repairs in the engine-room almost as long as the screw-shaft; the forward cargo-hatch fell into bucket-staves when they raised the iron cross-bars; and the steam-capstan had been badly wrenched on its bed.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1


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