harness cask

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harness cask (plural harness casks)

  1. (nautical) A tub lashed to a vessel's deck and containing salted provisions for daily use.
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Gloria Scott
      "Why, it's thirty year and more since I saw you last. Here you are in your house, and me still picking my salt meat out of the harness cask."
    • W. C. Russell, from "Going Aloft" in Round The Galley Fire, a collection of sketches and tales that originally featured in The Daily Telegraph newspaper
      Practical seamanship, in the old sense, is bound to die out, because there is no need to preserve it. It was only the other day that an old skipper assured me that he was acquainted with the mate of a steamer who did not know what a harness-cask was, "and worst of all, sir," cried my friend, "he's not ashamed of his ignorance."


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for harness cask in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)