Origin of ratline
Examples from the Web for ratline
It was above the second ratline in the fore-shrouds, and fully six feet over the rail.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
In walking along her gun-deck, he accidentally ran against a ratline, by which one of her starboard guns was discharged.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
Collins, bring your party into this room; and do not forget to bring along that length of ratline that I told you to have ready.A Middy of the Slave Squadron|Harry Collingwood
A musket-ball carried away a ratline above his head, just as he reached forward.Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812|James Barnes
Sakr-el-Bahr drank slowly, his eyes never leaving the vessel, whose every ratline was clearly defined by now in the pellucid air.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini