capstan bar

capstan bar

n
(Nautical Terms) a lever, often wooden, for turning a capstan
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in the high, old tottering voice that seemed to have been tuned and broken at the capstan bars. Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried, and when my father appeared, called roughly for a glass of rum.
He was one of nine children born to a coal miner and his wife and after leaving school, Johnny worked for a time at a cardboard box company before training as a capstan bar lathe operator at the Alfred Herbert factory in Foleshill, Coventry.
(At one time the River Taff ran through Westgate Street.) Doubtless, this passage often rang with the seamen's lusty shanty as they hauled on the capstan bars...
Within a few minutes of the key being turned in the cabin door, they heard the thunder of feet on the deck above their heads as the pirates ran to man the capstan bars. Listening carefully, they even managed to pick out the combined intake of breath as the crew drove the bars forward.