Breeches-buoy



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.
Historical Examples

The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
The Life Savers James Otis
Stories of Inventors Russell Doubleday
The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 5 Various

noun
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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