Ropes used as handrails for gangways or stairs.

Related Terms

CORDAGE

Ropes in the rigging of a ship

FRAP

To draw a sail tight with ropes or cables

KNOW THE ROPES

Said about a sailor who is familiar with the miles of cordage and ropes involved in running a ship.

HALYARD

Originally, ropes used for hoisting a spar with a sail attached; today, a line used to raise the head of any sail.

CHAFING PLATE

Bent plate for minimizing chafing of ropes

CHOCK

A heavy smooth-surfaced fitting usually located near the edge of the weather deck through which wire ropes or fiber hawsers may be led, usually to piers

MOORING

Securing a ship at a dock or elsewhere by ropes or cables

HATCHRAILS

Ropes supported by stanchions around an open hatch to prevent persons from falling into a hold

MOOR

To secure a vessel in a particular place by means of chains or ropes made fast to the shore, to anchors, or to anchored mooring buoys, or to ride with both anchors down

BEND

1. A knot used to join two ropes or lines. 2. To attach a rope to an object. 3. Fastening a sail to a yard

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