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  • noun nautical A rope attaching to the clew (lower corner) of a sail, used to furl it.


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  • Then, in a few more minutes, foot by foot, the clew-garnet blocks rattling the while like a lot of tin kettles, the ends of the mainsail were hove in nearer the deck, when it became fairly distended before the powerful breeze, which, catching it now full, seemed to make the

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea J. [Illustrator] Schonberg

  • The clew-garnet blocks now rattled as the main-sheet was hauled aft, when, the broad sail filling, the _Josephine_ paid off before the wind; and shortly afterwards she was making her way to leeward towards Saint

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea J. [Illustrator] Schonberg

  • They were standing by the long-boat, just abaft of poor Sam Jedfoot's now tenantless galley, and immediately under the bellying folds of the mainsail, that rustled and swelled out over their heads, tugging at the boltropes and rattling the clew-garnet blocks, as it was jerked by the wind, which ever and anon blew with eddying gusts as it veered and shifted.

    The Island Treasure 1887

  • He shouted out these several orders as quickly as he could bawl them, the creaking of the cordage and rattling of the clew-garnet blocks forming a fitting accompaniment to his twangy voice; while the plaintive

    The Island Treasure 1887

  • Sam made himself very busy when the clew-garnet blocks were hauled aft, on the mainsail being dropped, his powerful arms being as good as any two men tailed on to a rope, for there was "plenty of beef" in him, if he were not up to much in the matter of size.

    The Island Treasure 1887

  • This, under the weather conditions of the moment, was a task requiring the services of all hands, and by the orders of the chief mate, who was conducting the operations, Dick was stationed at the weather fore clew-garnet, with three other hands.

    The Adventures of Dick Maitland A Tale of Unknown Africa Harry Collingwood 1886

  • The best practice certainly is, to man both buntlines and the lee leechline well, and then to haul the LEE clew-garnet close up, before starting the tack or slacking the bowline.

    The Lieutenant and Commander Hall, Basil, 1788-1844 1862

  • The rattling of the clew-garnet blocks, as twenty lusty fellows ran forward with the tack of the mainsail, and the hauling forward of braces, was the signal that the ship was clear of ground, and coming under command.

    Homeward Bound or, the Chase James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • The blow threw me off my feet, though I held on to the clew-garnet.

    Ned Myers or, a Life Before the Mast James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • This was done, and the rattling of the clew-garnet blocks announced that Diogenes was hauling down the main-tack with the strength of a giant.

    Miles Wallingford Sequel to "Afloat and Ashore" James Fenimore Cooper 1820


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  • "He studied the course of the wind with the keenest attention, unaware of the towel, the dry shirt and coat that Killick held out, mute for once, and he called 'Man the fore clew-garnets.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Reverse of the Medal, 97

    The next time someone asks me what we should do at work, I'm going to respond "Man the fore clew-garnets."

    February 24, 2008