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FACTOR to To FALL a-stern

To FALL calm to FETCHING the pump

FID to FIRE-SHIP

FISH to To FLAT-IN

To FLAT-IN FORWARD to FLUSH

FLY of an ensign to FORE-CASTLE

FORE-CAT-HARPINS to FORE-STAY

FORE-TOP to FOTHERING
FORE-TOP
FORE-TOP-MAST
FORE-TOP-GALLANT-MAST
FORE-TYE
FORE-YARD
FORE-REACHING UPON
FORGING OVER
FORMING the Line
FORWARD
FOTHERING

FOUL to FRESH

To FRESHEN the bawse to FUTTOCK-SHROUDS


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FOTHERING

FOTHERING, a peculiar method of endeavouring to stop a leak in the bottom of a ship while she is afloat, either under sail or at anchor. It is usually performed in the following manner: a basket is filled with ashes, cinders, and chopped rope-yarns, bonette lardée, Fr. and loosely covered with a piece of canvas; to this is fastened a long pole, by which it is plunged repeatedly in the water, as close as possible to the place where the leak is conjectured to lie. The oakum, or chopped rope-yarns, being thus gradually shaken through the twigs, or over the top of the basket, are frequently sucked into the hole along with the water, so that the leak becomes immediately choaked, and the future entrance of the water is thereby prevented.


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