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RABBET to RAISING a purchase
RABBET
RACK
RACKING
RAFT
RAFT-PORT
RAG-BOLT
RAILS
RAILS of the head
To RAISE
RAISING a purchase

RAKE to RATES

RATES to To REEVE

RECKONING to RHOMB-LINE

RIBBANDS to RIGGING-OUT a boom

RIGHTING to ROBANDS, or ROPE BANDS

ROGUES-YARN to ROUND-HOUSE

ROUNDING to ROYAL

RUDDER to RUNNING-RIGGING


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RACKING

RACKING, the fastening two opposite parts of a tackle together, so as that any weighty body suspended thereby shall not fall down, although the rope, which forms the tackle, should be loosened by accident or neglect.

This expedient is chiefly practised when the boats are hung up to the ship's hide, during the night time, in an open road or bay, lest the rope of the tackle should be untied by the inattention of some of the crew; by which accident the boat might be considerably damaged, and probably lost, or dashed in pieces.


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