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HAGS TEETH or HAKES TRETH to HANKS
HAGS TEETH or HAKES TRETH
HAILING
HALIARDS
HAMMOC
HANDING the sails
HAND-OVER-HAND!
HANSPEC
Gunners HANDSPEC
HANK FOR HANK
HANKS

HARBOUR to HAWSE

HAWSE-HOLES to HEAD-ROPE

HEAD-SAILS to HEAVING-out

HEAVING-short to HIGH AND DRY

HIGH WATER to Fore-HOLD

HOLD to HORSE

HOUNDS to HURRICANE


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HAMMOC

HAMMOC, (branle, Fr.) a piece of canvas, fix feet long and three feet wide, gathered or drawn together at the two ends, and hung horizontally under the deck, lengthways, for the sailors to fleep therein. There are usually from fourteen to twenty inches in breadth allowed between decks for every hammoc in a ship of war: this space however must in some measure depend on the number of the crew, &c. in proportion to the room of the vessel.

In the time of battle the hammocs, together with their bedding, are all firmly corded, and fixed in the nettings on the quarter-deck, or whereever the men are too much exposed to the view or fire of the enemy. See the article ENGAGEMENT.


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