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Rigger  n.  
One who rigs or dresses; one whose occupation is to fit the rigging of a ship.
A cylindrical pulley or drum in machinery. (R.)
(Painting) A long slender, and pointed sable brush for making fine lines, etc.; said to be so called from its use by marine painters for drawing the lines of the rigging.

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"Rigger" Quotes from Famous Books

... sailor before the mast, he could not prevail upon himself to accept a berth which was not protected from the impress. Without recommendation he could not obtain the situation of mate, and he continued to work as a rigger in the docks, until his hand was unfortunately severely jammed by the heel of a topmast, and he was laid up for many weeks. Each day their fare became scantier, and they were reduced to their last shilling, when Newton was again able to go out and ...
— Newton Forster • Frederick Marryat

... apprenticeship in a codfisher on the Grand Banks, which, when all is said and done, constitutes the finest training school in the world for sailors. By the time he was seventeen he had made one voyage to Rio de Janeiro in a big square-rigger out of Portland; and so smart and capable an A.B. was he for his years that the Old Man took a shine to him. Confidentially he informed young Matt that if the latter would stay by the ship, in due course a billet as third mate should be the reward of his fealty. The Old Man didn't ...
— Cappy Ricks • Peter B. Kyne

... the busy Thimble-Rigger took his Helpmate into the lonesome Library and broke the ...
— Ade's Fables • George Ade

... best I can for him, Captain Murchison, and will make a sailor out of him—never fear. There is nothing for you to do on board yet, my boy, except to keep your eyes open. Watch all that is going on. This is a rigger's job; but it is well to learn how everything is done, because you may be called upon to do it any moment. Do not be afraid of asking me questions about anything you do not understand, and do not mind if ...
— A Chapter of Adventures • G. A. Henty

... away a few sails. Go it, God bless you! Go it! you're the lads can sail a vessel, you fishermen of Gloucester. Lord, if I dared to try a thing like that with my vessel and my crew and the old gear I got, I rather expect I'd have a rigger's bill by the time I got home—if ever I got home carryin' on like that ...
— The Seiners • James B. (James Brendan) Connolly

... Philadelphia, therefore, I went to live in a respectable boarding-house, and engaged to go out in a brig called the Margaret, working on board as a rigger and stevedore, until she should be ready to sail. My berth was to be that of mate. The owner of this brig was as notorious, in his way, as the ship's husband in Charleston I had heard his character, and was determined, if he attempted ...
— Ned Myers • James Fenimore Cooper

... with the trotter for a moment. The racer is incidentally useful, but essentially something to bet upon, as much as the thimble-rigger's "little joker." The trotter is essentially and daily useful, and only incidentally a tool ...
— The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table • Oliver Wendell Holmes

... before me. That endless stream across the Dubuque ferry was flowing on ahead of me; and the fast-going part of it was passing me every hour like swift schooners outstripping a slow, round-bellied Dutch square-rigger. ...
— Vandemark's Folly • Herbert Quick

Words linked to "Rigger" :   sable's hair pencil, artificer, craftsman, rig, oil rigger, sable, square-rigger, journeyman, rigger brush

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