||William Falconer's Dictionary of the Marine
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GIRTGIRT, the situation of a ship which is moored so strait by her cables, extending from the hawse to two distant anchors, as to be prevented from swinging or turning about, according to any change of the wind or tide, to the current of which her head would otherwise be directed.
The cables are extended in this manner, by a strong application of mechanical powers within the ship; so that as she veers, or endeavours to swing about, her hide bears upon one of the cables, which catches on her heel, and interrupts her in the act of traversing. In this position she must ride with her broadside or stern to the wind or current, till one or both of the cables are slackened so as to link under the keels, after which the ship will readily yield to the effort of the wind or current, and turn her head thither. See the article RIDING.
© Derived from Thomas Cadell's new corrected edition, London: 1780, page 139, 2004
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