Sailor Speak of the Week – Gammoning



  • The lashing which held the bowsprit in place at the stem of a vessel.


Probably earlier than the 16th Century. From Old French, gambon. Possibly alluding to the tying up of a ham.


These lashings were eventually replaced with iron.


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

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