One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lightweight line with a weight at the end, made to be thrown between a ship and the shore, or from one ship to another, and used to pull a heavier line across.
- ‘Men were already swinging along heaving lines, hanging from their hands.’
- ‘After grasping the eyes of the mooring lines, Paparo untied the heaving line and let it loose.’
- ‘Please have at least two heaving lines of sufficient length to reach the tug, available forward and aft.’
- ‘The storage bucket for heaving lines can accommodate at least 4 heaving lines of 110 metres length.’
- ‘The Monkey's Fist is a heaving line knot and is used to pass lines to shore or vessel to vessel.’
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