The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #151478   Message #3536719
Posted By: Rumncoke
12-Jul-13 - 10:58 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
I always thought that it was her lily white hand falling on his reef tackle - the term is is not reef tackle fall, just reef tackle.

If you'd ever idly watched the reef tackle flapping about in the wind you'd have no trouble in making the connection with another dangly bit.