gun tackle

noun Nautical.
  1. a tackle composed of a fall rove through two single blocks and secured to one of them so as to secure a mechanical advantage of two or three, neglecting friction, depending on the arrangement.

Origin of gun tackle

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples of gun tackle

  • Within the sister-block it becomes a gun-tackle purchase, with the fall leading on deck.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • A gun-tackle purchase applied to the ends of the truss-pendants, to bowse them taut home to the mast.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Sometimes they are a gun-tackle purchase, with two large single blocks.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • The royal clewlines are single, and the topsail and topgallant are a gun-tackle purchase.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana

  • A Gun-tackle Purchase is a rope rove through two single blocks and made fast to the strap of the upper block.

    The Seaman's Friend

    Richard Henry Dana