Man the lines and stand ready to work.
STAND BY YOUR LINES
Pass line number one to the pier; place the eye over the appropriate bollard
but take no strain.
Put line number one under tension.
TAKE A STRAIN ON ONE
Take all tension off of line number one and let it hang slack but not in the
Let number one line out until it is under less tension but not slacked
TAKE NUMBER TWO TO THE Lead the end of line number two to the capstan; take the slack out of the line
but take no strain.
Apply tension on number two line by hauling on it with the capstan.
HEAVE AROUND ON TWO
Stop the capstan, or stop heaving around.
Do not allow any more line to go out on number five even though the risk of
Hold number five line but not to the breaking point; allow only enough line to
render around the deck fitting to prevent it from parting.
Hold moderate tension on number five line but allow it to slip enough to
permit movement of the ship (used when moving along the pier to adjust
Pass an additional bight on all mooring lines, or line indicated, so that there
are three parts of each line to the pier. To ensure that the three parts take an
equal strain, pass a stopper on the standing part and take a round turn on the
barrel of the bitts closest to the chock. Next pass a bight of the line to the pier,
then take the standing part to power, remove the stopper and take the slack
out of the line (equalizing all three parts). Once this is done, pass the stopper
and fairlead the standing part to the second barrel and figure-eight the line
over both barrels to secure it.
Take in all bights and extra lines so there remains only a single part of each of
the normal mooring lines.
Used when secured with your own lines, it means to have the ends of all lines
TAKE IN ALL LINES
cast off from the pier and brought aboard.
TAKE IN ONE (OR NUMBER When used by the Boatswain's Mate in charge on the forecastle, it is preceded
by the commands slack one and cast off one, which mean merely to retrieve
line number one and bring it back on deck.
When secured with your own lines, it is a command to those tending the
CAST OFF ALL LINES
mooring lines on the pier or on another ship to disengage or throw off the
lines from the bollards or cleats. When secured with another ship's lines in a
nest, it means to cast off the ends of her lines and allow the other ship to
retrieve her lines.
TAKE IN THE SLACK ON THREE Heave in on number three line but do not take a strain.
(OR NUMBER THREE)