Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Parbuckle

Parbuckle is ... what I get when I ask my husband for a word of the week suggestion. He reckons it's topical because it's been in the news (as a way of righting the partly submerged cruise ship Costa Concordia). A parbuckle is a rope or sling used to raise or lower casks or other cylindrical objects.

When used to right a ship, I suppose parbuckling is the opposite of careening. I used to talk about careening in my day job, but as I don't do it any more, I'll spare you the details. When not used in a nautical context careening means to swerve about.


Here's a picture of a ship which, sensibly, stayed away from the rocks and therefore remained the right way up. I careened (slowly) up a nearby mountain to take the photo.

That's two weeks this month I've done a double word of the week. I must get a grip.

30 comments:

Teresa Ashby said...

Love that word - and I love that picture, a sight for sore eyes on this misty morning :-) x

rainbowmaker said...
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Wendy's Writing said...

You need to parbuckle your thoughts and stop your ideas careening around your blog post, Patsy

rainbowmaker said...

We once had to careen Overlord, a 60-foot Bermudan sloop, on which I used to sail a lot. If my memory serves me right, we were in the Azores. The reason we careened the boat was to access a part of the hull which is normally underwater, in the region of the heads and I will spear you the rest of the details. Quite a sight though, to see such a large vessel almost on its side while tied up in port. We didn't use a parbuckle ...but I have seen one used to crane a motorboat out of the water for winter storage/refitting.
We learn something (sometimes two things) new every day?

Heather Holden said...

Fun word! Never even knew it existed till now...

Maggie May said...

This ship looks as if it's careening to the right, or should that be starboard or something? It's not far from careering off course is it?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It may have missed the rocks but it didn't avoid trouble.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I had been thinking of entering that comp but haven't finished the particular novel yet! Haven't heard of this week's word, although I do know careening.

Lexa Cain said...

I loved hearing about the righting of the cruise ship and seeing the pictures. I've never heard of them doing that with a ship of that size. Very cool word - parbuckling! :-)

lizy-expat-writer said...

This was just a sneaky way of using another of your honeymoon photos, wasn't it? Colour me green with envy.

Anonymous said...

Parbuckle sounds very Cornish and would go well in a gothic novel of smugglers parbuckling in the dark of midnight down cellars and caves I think.

Old Kitty said...

You walking dictionary you! I am in AWE!! Yay! Take care
x

Patsy said...

Thanks, Teresa.

Patsy said...

You could be right, Wendy.

Patsy said...

It's quite a tricky manoeuvre - ships have been lost that way, Anne. Your version doesn't sound a lot of fun.

Patsy said...

Maybe you're a landlubber, Heather?

Patsy said...

Does look a bit as though it's listing to starboard, Maggie but I think it's an optical illusion. It was waiting at anchor for me to come back (well, not just me!)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy .. I hadn't heard of Parbuckle - and obviously I didn't pay that much attention to the righting of the Concordia - though am glad it's been done.

I like Susan's idea of the Cornish connection .. but careening about is a good explanation of going round in small circles, something I've done a lot of recently trying to find my way to places!

Cheers - and love the photo .. Hilary

Patsy said...

The Concordia certainly didn't, Alex.

Patsy said...

I don't have anything ready either, Rosemary. Maybe next year.

Patsy said...

It's not something that's often needed now, Lexa.

Patsy said...

Nooooo. OK, I sneakily used a holiday picture, but the honeymoon was a different trip. I do have pictures of that too.

Patsy said...

You're right, it'd be perfect, Suzy.

Patsy said...

I usually look 'em up, Kitty but I did know these.

Patsy said...

I've been doing some striding off confidently in totally the wrong direction, Hilary. Wonder if there's a word for that.

Anonymous said...

A great word. Loved it.

Yvonne.

Frances Garrood said...

Love the word, but have no chance to use it (though we did used to stay with friends on Giglio, where that ship went down).

Frances Garrood said...

Disorienteering?

Patsy said...

Thanks, Yvonne.

Patsy said...

I admit working it into everyday conversations might be a challenge - unless you're a person who buys rum by the barrel from cellars. I'm pretty sure that doesn't apply to you, Frances.