To allow the cable or hawser to run out under its own weight.

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BITT

1. A post or pair mounted on the ship's bow, for fastening ropes or cables. 2. Strong vertical timbers or irons fastened through the deck beams used for securing ropes or hawsers.

BULLROPE

A hawser used to prevent a ship's bow from bumping against its mooring buoy.

FOUL ANCHOR

the anchor which caught on an underwater obstruction. The flukes of the anchor often get fouled by an old hawser or cable.

ANCHOR WARP

A hawser or rope when it is attached to the anchor and used as a temporary cable.

HAWSER

Synthetic or natural fibre rope or wire rope used for mooring, warping and towing.

OVERWIND

To wind a spring, rope, or cable too tightly or too far.

METER WHEEL

A special block used to support the oceanographic wire paid out over the side of a ship; attached directly or connected by means of a speedometer cable to a gearbox which measures the length of wire.

LEFT-LAID

The lay of a wire or fiber rope or cable in which the individual wires or fibers in the strands are twisted to the right and the left-laid leg strands to the left. Also known as left-handed;

KICKPIPE

A short pipe protecting an electrical cable at the point where it emerges from a floor.

INHAUL CABLE

In a cable excavator, thelinethatpullsthebuckettodigandbring in soil. Also known as digging line.

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