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  • noun Plural form of ratlin.


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  • Inspirited by the proximity of the pirate craft, with their comrades on board, the Greek sailors in the rigging, abandoning their pursuit of the first mate and the lookout man -- a brave fellow named Jack Bower -- began to descend the ratlins rapidly, with the view of making an onslaught on the captain and the others that were in possession of the quarter-deck,

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • Fritz dropped his book on to the deck at once and Eric sprang up into the mizzen rigging, hurriedly scrambling up the ratlins to the masthead, whence he would have a better point of observation; the skipper meanwhile racing up the companion way with his sextant in his hand.

    Fritz and Eric The Brother Crusoes

  • I did not delay to descend the ratlins, but slid down

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

  • The tiger he tried two or three of the ratlins, but thought it onsafe, so he let himself down, mighty careful, to the deck.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 5, May, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Nor was Captain Brown satisfied with top-gallants alone; for, quickly, the order came to set the royals and flying jib before the men could climb down the ratlins; and, soon, the vessel was under a cloud of sail alow and aloft, taking advantage of every breath of air.

    Fritz and Eric The Brother Crusoes

  • Tompkins, roused from his fright more by the corsair's action than his words, for a pointed pistol has a wonderfully persuasive way of its own; and, with hesitating feet, he slowly descended the ratlins and placed himself beside the captain, who looked at him first contemptuously, and then turned his back, muttering between his teeth --

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • Suddenly Stannistreet, who had been standing talking to Lestrange, climbed a few feet up the mizzen ratlins, and shaded his eyes.

    The Blue Lagoon: a romance

  • The mate sprang nimbly into the ratlins, and then, extending a hand, helped her carefully to the deck.

    A Master Of Craft

  • Moreover, he had discovered, to his cost, that without money and influence, and plenty of both, a man stood but little chance, in these piping times of peace, of making any great amount of headway up the ratlins of promotion.

    The Missing Merchantman

  • Like a sailor shinning up the ratlins during a squall Jerry mounted to his professional seat.

    The Four Million


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