Dog-watches at sea

In sailing, an earing is a small line (rope) used to fasten the corner of a sail to a spar or yard.[1]


In the Age of Sail, a position at the Weather Earing (the earing at the windward side of the ship) was considered a place of honor for the topmen, and on a merchant ship was the position of the second mate during reefing.


  1. ^ "Sailing Glossary". Archived from the original on 2008-02-13.