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Avast heaving

Cease all heaving


Secure the mooring line

Double up and secure

Run additional mooring lines as needed to make the mooring secure


Pay out or start to slack the line


Take enough turns to hold the line where it is

Let go

Slack the line smartly so that the dock hands can cast it off

Single up

Take in all mooring lines except one at each station

Pass a bight

Pass the bight of the mooring line to the dock


Pay out the mooring line and allow it to form an easy bight

Stand by the mooring lines

Alerts the crew to the fact that the ship is about to go underway

Take a strain

Heave in the mooring line and place it under tension

Take in the slack

Heave in the mooring line just enough to take out the slack, but does not take a strain

Take the line to the capstan

Lead the end of the line to the capstan

Up behind

Take up the slack behind the capstan


Move the vessel by hauling on the mooring line

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