- a rescue device consisting of a life buoy from which is suspended a canvas sling, similar in form to a pair of breeches, in which shipwrecked or disabled persons are hauled from a vessel to the shore or to another vessel by means of a rope and pulley between them.
Origin of breeches buoy
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for breeches buoy
Then the Miami dropped her anchor, to hold her place for the breeches-buoy.
I'd love to see you in a breeches-buoy, Perry, and I couldn't if it was dark.
"I've always wanted to be taken off a sinking ship in a breeches-buoy," he said.
When there are a great many people to be saved, this car is used in place of the breeches-buoy.Stories of Inventors
The breeches-buoy, therefore, could only be made fast to the stump of the mast a few feet above the deck.
- a ring-shaped life buoy with a support in the form of a pair of short breeches, in which a person is suspended for safe transfer from a ship
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