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Re: This curious nautical language
My references all come from H.A.Calahan's "Learning to Cruise" written in 1934. Not all that long ago and yet all but one of those terms has either disappeared or been replaced by close variation.
Halliard more commonly spelt Halyard today. I'd never seen the Halliard spelling before this.
Blackwall Hitch is still in use it seems. Handy Billy is a form of black and tackle.
Dandy and/or Jigger is a form of mizzen sail, most commonly seen on yawls.
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Last edited by tdw; 09-19-2013 at 12:33 AM.