from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The tarpaulin or sail sometimes exposed in the after weather rigging to keep a ship's head forced up to the sea and wind when she is hove to.
- n. Nautical:
- n. A covering of painted canvas for hammocks, boats, etc.
- n. A tarpaulin placed in the weather rigging to make a shelter for officers and men on watch.
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Knight appeared with the rug, and they sat down behind a weather-cloth on the windward side, just as the two red eyes of the
How it happened I know not, but Miss West and I crouched together, clinging to the rail and to each other in the shelter of the thrumming weather-cloth.
They had gained the shelter of the weather-cloth, and could converse with raised voices, as people quarrel.
But they were picturesque ruffians exceedingly, with long spurs, hooded stirrups, slouch hats, fur weather-cloth over their knees, and pistol-butts just easy to hand.
The sails blew away, she lay broadside on under a weather-cloth, the ocean poured over her, and we did not care.
Knight appeared with the rug, and they sat down behind a weather-cloth on the windward side, just as the two red eyes of the Needles glared upon them from the gloom, their pointed summits rising like shadowy phantom figures against the sky.
At five o'clock the next morning, as we were lying-to under the reefed main-sail and balanced mizen, a vast sea broke over the quarter where the ship's oars were lashed, and carried away six of them, with the weather-cloth; it also broke the mizen-gaff close where the sail was reeled, and the iron-strap of one of the main dead eyes, laying the whole vessel for some time under water:
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