ground tackle


noun Nautical.

equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.

Origin of ground tackle

First recorded in 1550–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ground tackle

Historical Examples of ground tackle

  • All the same, this looked as though she were pretty hard on her ground-tackle.

  • The ground-tackle was good; it had caught hold of a rock and held on.

    My Doggie and I

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Sure enough, Daggett appeared more disposed to trust to his canvass, than to his ground-tackle.

    The Sea Lions

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It is well named--if there ever was an anchor-watch, you keep it here: for no ground-tackle will ever hold like this.

    The Sea Lions

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The Swash was not long in getting her ground-tackle, and the brig was soon seen with her topsail aback, waiting to cat the anchor.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef

    James Fenimore Cooper