Originally Posted by CarbonSink62
At the risk of starting a battle (and hearing the war cry of "WASABI!" from 2 threads over) I'll say that in navy training I heard these fixtures called 'bollards'.
The easily remembered mneumonic?
"Bitts are like tits, they come in pairs."
(Am I banned now?)
First mention of "Bollard" from Wikipedia:
"The Sailor's Word-Book of 1867 defines a bollard in a more specific context as "a thick piece of wood on the head of a whale-boat, round which the harpooner gives the line a turn, in order to veer it steadily, and check the animal's velocity"."