One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong pillar fixed to a ship's deck to act as a support for a tackle or other equipment.
- ‘Original photographs show arched cable guides over the deck here and big Samson posts, all now buried beneath the debris of the deck on the seabed.’
- ‘Photographs of Assurance-class tugs show considerable superstructure forward of the Samson post, all of which has either now decayed or been swept clear.’
- ‘Samson posts or towing bitts don't have to be located on the centerline.’
Late 16th century (denoting a kind of mousetrap): probably with biblical allusion to Samson.
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