A belaying pin is a device used on traditional sailing vessels to secure lines of rigging.
A belaying pin is a solid metal or wooden bar with a curved top portion and cylindrical bottom part. It is inserted into a hole in a wooden pinrail, which usually runs along the inside of the bulwarks as shown (although free-standing pinrails called fife rails are also used). Although the belaying pin can be lifted out and removed, it is usually left in place.
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