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breeches buoy

noun, Nautical.
1.
a rescue device consisting of a life buoy from which is suspended a canvas sling, similar in form to a pair of breeches, in which shipwrecked or disabled persons are hauled from a vessel to the shore or to another vessel by means of a rope and pulley between them.
Origin of breeches buoy
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • What must be done was to get a hawser to the schooner, and then, by means of the breeches-buoy, haul off the wrecked men.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • Then the Miami dropped her anchor, to hold her place for the breeches-buoy.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The breeches-buoy, therefore, could only be made fast to the stump of the mast a few feet above the deck.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • I'd love to see you in a breeches-buoy, Perry, and I couldn't if it was dark.

    The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The master of the steamer made no verbal comment upon the work when he clambered out from the breeches-buoy.

    The Life Savers James Otis
  • When there are a great many people to be saved, this car is used in place of the breeches-buoy.

    Stories of Inventors Russell Doubleday
  • With the weight of a man on it, the breeches-buoy line sank below the surface of the water, or rather the mush-ice.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Everything worked without a hitch, the hawser was got on board and the breeches-buoy hauled out.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He found him conscious but unable to swim, the jerk from the breeches-buoy having twisted a sinew in his thigh.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The principal apparatus consists of surf- and life-boats, Lyle gun and breeches-buoy apparatus and life-car.

British Dictionary definitions for breeches-buoy

breeches buoy

noun
1.
a ring-shaped life buoy with a support in the form of a pair of short breeches, in which a person is suspended for safe transfer from a ship
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