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dolphin striker

(nautical) a short vertical strut between the bowsprit and a rope or cable (martingale) from the end of the jib boom to the stem or bows, used for maintaining tension and preventing upward movement of the jib boom Also called martingale boom, martingale
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  • I scrambled up what I found must be the dolphin striker of a vessel, and thence on to her bowsprit.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Pat had caught hold of the dolphin striker, and was making his way up to the bowsprit.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston

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