One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A horizontal beam extending from each side of a ship's bow, used for raising and carrying an anchor.
- ‘He sighed and stood, balancing on the cathead, then stepped across to the deck.’
- ‘Section 771 prohibits the use of rope-operated friction catheads for hoisting as of January 1, 2005.’
- ‘The best he could find was a place near the anchor's chains on the forecastle, near the cathead the crew uses as a privy.’
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