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VAN to VEER away the cable

VEERING to VOYOL
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VOYOL

VOYOL, (tournevire, Fr.) a large rope used to unmoor, or heave up the anchors of a ship, by transmitting the effort of the capstern to the cables.

This is performed by fastening one part of the voyol to the cable in several places, and by winding another part thereof three or four times about the capstern, which answers the same purpose as if the cable itself were in that manner wound about the capstern; and the voyol being much lighter and more pliant, is infinitely more convenient in this exercise. See the articles CAPSTERN and NIPPER.

If the cable is drawn into the ship by the main capstern, the voyol is used without any block: but if the capstern in the fore part of the ship be employed for this purpose, the voyol usually passes. through a large block attached to the main-mast; and thence communicates with the jear-capstern.


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