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Actually tdw it is the anchor shackle in that same spot. BTW, an anchor shackle is straight sided and stronger than a bow shackle. It stows in the hawse pipe much better also. While on the subject of shackles, it is a mystery to me why none of the yachting catalogs offer a true safety shackle. A safety shackle has a threaded pin that threads not into the shackle itself, but a nut on the outside of the shackle. The pin has a hole through which a cotter pin is run through. The shackle develops full strength as the pin is full diameter going through the shackle body. A Jew's Harp is such a shackle and it amazes me that all the shackles, "safety" or otherwise require mousing. Is there a reason for this?
I looked up a couple of references and they are contradictory between
the ring and the shackle and in one case both, but if you think of the design
of the instrument then you can see the shackle similarity. Shackles are an
interesting bit of hardware. I've been buying some of late that are the captive
pin variety and man they are miniature works of art. By that I mean they are
quite beautiful and cost half the national debt.

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Here's another one for you. What is spring lay line? You have to be old to have seen this stuff up close.
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Here's another one for you. What is spring lay line? You have to be old to have seen this stuff up close.
A lay line you buy at the start of the season ?

No ?

Didn't think so.

Mate, you may well have me with this one. Along with Guilietta's (sp?)coffee cup I'm well and truely stumped but I'm not one to give up easily so I'll keep looking.

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Well...I'm not locked out of anything in work and have loads to do but this is more interesting....

Most of the posts are quite right, Port side was the side presented to the port or harbour for docking. The reason for this was that the other side starboard or steerboard was the side which has an oar like steering system / device and therefore would get damaged if they docked on that side.

The word Halyard originated in tall ships / square riggers. The yard is the long timber spar from which the square sails hang. To haul the yard was to lift the yard up with the sail set in order to tension the sail against the yard below, to which the sheets are connected.

The term to "Splice the Main Brace" I think is a bit of a nonsense! to splice is to open the lay of a rope and re-weave it to create a ring / hoop / bight at one end or lay it back onto itself in a "long splice" to stop it unravelling. You can also join two identical rope together neatly. A brace is a rope and cable combination connected to the end of the yards / yard arms on a square rigger. They are used to turn or brace the yards to one side or other so that the ship can sail a bit closer to the wind. Now....the question is what is a main brace? The braces are normally named after the yard that it controls..ie.. Course Brace, Topsail Brace, T'gallant Brace, Skysail Brace, Royal Brace, etc. A Mainsail is a fore and aft sail mounted on the mast, not on a yard and therefore would not require a brace, just a sheet. So its all a bit strange, you hear this term a lot in movies, but I think it's silly make up jargon. If they said "Splice the Topsail Brace" it would make more sense, and it would probably mean join the cable at the yard end to the rope at the deck end, but it wouldn't be an urgent thing most likely, it would be part of a running maintenance schedule!.

A new one....."To freeze the balls off a brass money".
A brass monkey was a brass triangle upon which cannonballs were stacked. When it got cold enough the brass would contract making the triangle slightly smaller and the cannonballs would fall off the triangle...and hence it became so cold that it froze the balls off a brass monkey!



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to splice is to open the lay of a rope and re-weave it to create a ring / hoop / bight at one end or lay it back onto itself in a "long splice" to stop it unravelling. You can also join two identical rope together neatly.
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When you lay the rope back on itself to stop unravelling, it's a back splice. The long splice is the joining of two identical ropes together in such a fashion that the diameter is only marginally increased, so it will still run through a block.

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How do you pronounce "buoy"?

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TB, that's nice but how do you pronounce "buoy" - booee or boy? I pronounce it the English way - boy.
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I have ALWAYS pronunced buoy as boo'ee, with the accent on the first syllable . . . just as in that .wav clip.

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... and tp was a length of line, frayed at the end, dragging in the water ... pull 'er up, take a swipe, drop 'er back in for the next man ...
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