A rope would be rigged up along the decks of sailing ships so that the crew had something extra to hold onto in rough weather. They might also tie themselves onto a particular part of the ship so that their hands are free to work.The top deck and masts were open to the weather all the time but work still had to be done no matter what the conditions were. Anything a sailor could do to secure himself to the boat was quite literally a lifeline.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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