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Range Alongside. To come close abeam of another vessel.

Range Finder. Instrument for indicating distance of an observed object. When the refracted images are aligned, by movement of prisms, the range is mechanically indicated.

Range Light.* Name sometimes given to an additional, and optional, masthead light of a steamship.

Range of Tide. Difference in height between any high (or low) water and either the preceding or succeeding low (or high) water.

Ranging Cable. Bringing cable on deck and laying it fore and aft in long bights. Sometimes done when preparing to anchor in deep water. Also, laying cable, in shackle lengths, on deck or dock bottom, for examination, refitting or survey.


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