Nautical words


Chips. Nickname for a ship's carpenter. Chocks



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Chips. Nickname for a ship's carpenter.

Chocks. Shaped pieces of wood on which various items rest and are secured. Of capstan, are wooden blocks, at top and bottom of drum, that house wooden whelps.

Chock a Block. Said of a purchase when two blocks are close together, and further hauling is impossible. Also called 'Two blocks'.

Choke a Luff. To prevent a tackle walking back by passing a bight of the fall between a sheave and the rope rove through it, and on that side of sheave where rope would go into block if walking back.

Cholera. Infectious disease of Eastern origin. Marked by diarr­hoea, cramp, vomiting and drying of tissues.

Chop Mark. Merchant's mark on goods. Indicates grade and other particulars.


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