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Results: painter

Let go the painter
orders:  Order to the man in the bow handling the painter, to let go bow line.
nautical:  A length of rope secured at the bow of a small boat for use in towing or for making it fast. Called also a bow-fast.
Sea Painter
glossary:  A line over the side of the ship to secure a small boat or punt for examining or painting the side of the ship.