One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A line passed through a block near the masthead and used to hoist sails or rigging.
- ‘I have trained 8 Ordinary Seaman on how to properly tend my lines when I am aloft and have trained them how to safely rig the gantlines.’
- ‘Before working, always inspect the rope you will be using - whether it is a lifeline, gantline, or stage rope.’
- ‘Crewmembers were working aloft when we recorded this and using those gantlines to hoist tools and materials up to them.’
- ‘With no gantline halyard on the Ten, Tom had to go up to the hounds and hook it with a pole and coat hanger.’
- ‘Our gantlines (working lines), which are permanently rigged, are three strand Roblon and sized to be sufficiently strong for the purpose of sending people and gear aloft.’
Mid 18th century (originally girtline): of unknown origin.
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