One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lifebuoy with canvas breeches attached which, when suspended from a rope, can be used to hold and transfer a passenger to safety from a ship.
- ‘The rescuers used breeches buoys and lifeboats to bring the crew and passengers to shore.’
- ‘Lifesavers hauled the breeches buoy back and forth to the wreck until the last person, usually the captain, was safe.’
- ‘The breeches buoy would be passed hand over hand down a line, shot from a rocket on the shore to reach the ships.’
- ‘Three of the crew were taken ashore by breeches buoy but the vessel then slid off the rocks.’
- ‘A sailor from the sinking ship would climb into the breeches buoy and be pulled to shore.’
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