Origin of sheepshank
Examples from the Web for sheep-shank
Sheep-shank the stays and backstays, and set them hand-taut.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
The purpose of a Sheep-shank is to take up slack or shorten a rope temporarily.
But when you come to that sheep-shank and bowline upon the bight, as you term them, it grows confusing.Fighting in Cuban Waters|Edward Stratemeyer
It is sometimes necessary to shorten a rope temporarily and not desirable to cut it, and the sheep-shank knot solves the problem.On the Trail|Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard