To ease the helm

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To ease the helm to let the tiller come more amidships, so as to lessen the strain on the rudder.
    • To ease the helm (Naut) to put the helm more nearly amidships, to lessen the effect on the ship, or the strain on the wheel rope.
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Usage

In literature:

At the same time our helm was eased up a trifle, and we began to edge down upon our antagonist.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
Stand by to ease the jib-sheet up, as I put the helm down.
"For Treasure Bound" by Harry Collingwood
Looking for a temporary subsidence of the waves of a head-sea, previous to easing down the helm, in tacking ship.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Stand by to ease the jib-sheet up, as I put the helm down.
"The Secret of the Sands" by Harry Collingwood
As she comes to on the other side, ease the helm, trim down the fore sheet, brace up and haul out.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana
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