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PACKET or PACKET-BOAT to PARSLING

PARTING to PAYING-OFF

PAYING-OUT, or PAYING-AWAY to PILOT

PIN of a block to PLANKING

PLAT to POLE-MAST

Under bare POLES to PRAM or PRAME

PRATIC to PROP
PRATIC
PREVENTER
PRICKING the chart
PRICKING the sails
PRIMING
PRIMING-WIRE or PRIMING IRON
PRIVATEER
PRIZE
PRIZING
PROP

PROTEST to PURSER


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PRICKING the sails

PRICKING the sails, the act of stitching two cloths of a sail together along the space comprehended between the two edges, or selvages, that overlay each other.. Or, it is the sowing a middle-seam between the two seams which are employed to unite every cloth of a sail to the next adjoining. This operation is rarely performed till the sails have been worn for a considerable time, so that the twine, with which they were originally sewed, is become very feeble and incapable of resisting the efforts of a strong gale of wind.


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