tack, tant, taut, thrum a sail, tow, turning to windward, etc...


a corruption of tight.

Thrum a sail

is to insert in it, through small holes made by a bolt-rope-needle, or a marline-spike, a number of short pieces of rope-yarn or spun-yarn, in order, by the sail's being drawn over a hole in the ship's bottom, to assist in stopping the leak.


or taunt rigged, means when a ship is very lofty in her masts. All-a-tanto, is said when a ship, having had some of her masts struck, has rehoisted them.