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A hoisting fixture designed to engage a ring or link of a lifting chain, or the pin of a shackle or cable socket.

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SHROUD

A rope or cable serving to hold a mast up from side to side.

RODE

The anchor line, rope or cable connecting the anchor chain to the vessel. Also anchor rode.

CABLE

A heavy rope or chain for mooring a ship

HAWSEHOLE

A hole for ship's cable

ANCHOR RODE

The anchor line, rope or cable connecting the anchor chain to the vessel.

BUOYED UP

Lifted by a buoy, especially a cable that has been lifted to prevent it from trailing on the bottom.

STANLIFF

A heavy wire cable attached to the mast at the hounds to support the weight of a spritsail at the heel.

NIPPER

A Short rope used to bind a cable to the 'messenger' (a moving line propelled by the capstan) so that the cable is dragged along too (used where the cable is too large to be wrapped round the capstan itself). During the raising of an anchor the nippers were attached and detached from the (endless) messenger by the ship's boys. Hence the term for small boys: 'nippers'.

SPLICE

To join lines (ropes, cables, etc.) by unravelling their ends and intertwining them to form a continuous line. To form an eye or a knot by splicing.

LEADER CABLE

A cable carrying an electric current, signals from or the magnetic influence of which indicates the path to be followed by a craft equipped with suitable instruments.
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