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taffrail log

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n taffrail log a cigar-shaped log with rotary fins that measure the ship's speed
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Usage

In literature:

Every hour a signal boy came running aft to read the log, which was attached to the taffrail on the starboard quarter.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
Scatter along aft, Scraggs, and let me know what that taffrail log has to say about it.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
I set down the taffrail-log on the bit of canvas I had put under it, and looked at the doctor.
"Man Overboard!" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
There he lay like a log, as dumb as the man whom he had left clinging to the taffrail.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
I set down the taffrail-log on the bit of canvas I had put under it, and looked at the doctor.
"Wandering Ghosts" by F. Marion Crawford
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