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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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HAND-OVER-HAND!

HAND-OVER-HAND! (main avant! Fr.) the order to the men, who pull upon any rope, to pass their hands alternately one before the other, or one above the other, if they are hoisting, in order to hasten the service.

A sailor is said to go aloft, hand-over-hand, when he ascends into the tops, &c. by a single rope, as a shroud or back-stay, without the help of the rattlings, by the dexterity of throwing one hand above the other, and lifting his weight along with it.


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