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Hammock Lashing. Length of small rope with which a naval rating's hammock is lashed up, with seven turns, when not in use.

Hammock Netting. Small compartment, in a warship, for stowage of hammocks. Formerly, were two rows of netting above bulwarks. Hammocks were stowed between them to form pro­tection against small arms fire and splinters when in action. Hand. Any one member of a crew. Hand the Log. To haul inboard the logline and rotator. Hand a Sail. To furl a sail. Hand Gear. Alternative means by which a machine, usually actuated by power, is actuated by hand.

Hand Lead. Sounding lead, weighing between 10 and 14 Ib., by which sea soundings may be taken by one man in depths not exceeding 20 fathoms (about).

Handling Ship. Manoeuvring and controlling a vessel by engines, or sails, and helm movements.

Hand Log. Name sometimes given to common log and log line, to differentiate is from mechanical logs.

Hand Mast 163 Harbour Log



Hand Mast. Mast made from one timber, so distinguishing it from a built mast.

Hand over Hand. To haul on a rope by putting one hand before the other on the rope, alternately; so keeping a continuous move­ment instead of a succession of pulls.

Hands. Persons employed to man and work a ship.

Hand Organ. Large holystone fitted with beckets and lines; dragged by two men when cleaning decks.

Handsail. Small sail managed and controlled by hand.

Handsomely. Slowly and carefully. Keeping a rope or fall well in hand.

Hand Spar. Straight piece of timber of circular section. Usually a trimmed trunk of a tall tree.

Handspike. Short wooden lever, often shod with iron.


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