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DAGUE de prevôt, the colt or cat used by the prevôt to punish criminals.

DAILLOTS, or ANDAILLOTS, the hanks or grommets of a stay.

DALE, the trough or channel in which the train is laid in a fire-ship.

DALE de pompe, the pump-dale.

DALATS, the scupper-holes of a ship. See GOUTTIERE.

DAME-JEANNE, a demijan, or large bottle, containing about four or five gallons, covered with basket-work, and much used in merchant-ships.

DAMELOPRE, a vessel navigated in the canals of Holland.

DANGERS civils, the duty, fine, or exaction, formerly demanded by the lord of the manor for any merchant, or master, who had suffered shipwreck on his coast. See BRIS.

DANGERS naturals, a general name for the dangers of a coast or bank, as rocks, or shelves of mud, sand, &c. which the officers of the adjacent ports are charged to distinguish by buoys or beacons.

DARD à feu, a fire-arrow, used to burn the sails of an enemy's ship.

DEBACLE, or DEBACLAGE, the act of clearing or opening an harbour, by removing the lightened vessels to make room for such as are laden.

DÉBACLEUR, an officer whose duty it is to regulate the mooring of light and laden ships in a harbour, and to keep the passage, or fair-way, open and clear.

DÉBARCADOUR, a wharf, or store-house, to receive goods discharged from a ship.

DÉBARDAGE, the act of unlading in general; it is more particularly applied to the discharge of fire-wood.

DÉBARDER, to unlade wood, &c. Whence,

DÉBARDEUR, a lighter-man. See GABARIER and PORTE-FAIX.

DÉBAROUEMENT, a return of the artillery, stores, rigging, &c. of a ship of war into the dock-yard ; also the discharging of the officers and crew.

DÉBARQUEMENT likewise implies disembarking, or landing and discharging the cargo of a merchant-ship.

DÉBARQUER, to unload or discharge a ship; to disembark; to return to the shore.

DÉBAUCHE, an irregular tide.

DÉBILLER, to take off or dismiss the horses that track vessels up and down a canal.

DÉBITTER le cable, to unbit the cable.

DÉBORD à bord, upright on the water.

DÉBORDE, put off, sheer off! the order given by some officer of a ship, to a boat lying near her, to remove further off.

DÉBORDER, to sheer off from some other ship, particularly from an enemy who

who attempts to board: also to over-haul

the tacks and sheets, in order to haul a sail up in the brails.

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