Sailor Speak of the Week – To Fetch Way

Definition

Verb

  • Older term for a mast that has worked loose from its wedges on the deck.

Origin

Probably earlier than the 17th century. From Old French, fiche, meaning fix.

Comments

Obviously not a good thing to happen to the mast. You don’t want the vessel to be dismasted.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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