Nautical words

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Breast Backstay. Royal or topgallant mast backstay that was set up, on either side, with tackles that could be slacked off when yard was braced sharp. Often called 'shifting backstay'.

Breast Band. Name sometimes given to breast rope of leadsman's chains.

Breast Casket.* Old form of 'Breast Gasket'.

Breast Fast. Mooring rope that leads at right angles, approxi­mately, to ship's fore and aft line.

Breast Gasket. One of the gaskets used for securing bunt of sail.

Breast Hooks. Horizontal plates in fore end of vessel. Are secured to ends of stringers, and thus hold two sides together and preserve the bow form. In wooden vessels, are horizontal knees fulfilling the same functions.

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