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|Ratlines Pronunciation: rat´linz (Naut.) The small transverse ropes attached to the shrouds and forming the steps of a rope ladder for climbing aloft.|
Ratline is a nautical term, referring to small lengths of horizontal cord that run between the shrouds, several strong ropes that affix the top of a mast to the vessel's sides. The ratlines serve as crude ladder rungs, allowing the crew to scale the mast when necessary. In bygone days, scampering up the ratlines was a last, desperate recourse for sailors on sinking ships, at least if they were unfortunate enough to have missed out on the lifeboats. As a result, "ratline" became a synonym for "last-ditch escape route."
What is Ratlines?
Ratlines is the on-line gateway to an unofficial informational website about the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
It is a useful source for information members can use to keep abreast with what Flotillas, Divisions, and District have, are, and will, be doing to further the USCG Auxiliary Mission. That Mission is to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in all their ,non-direct law enforcement, activities.
It is also a place for the boating public to find out about USCG Auxiliary Public Education Boating Safety Courses, pick up boating safety information, and learn about why they might want to join the USCG Auxiliary.
Ratlines is published on a monthly basis, but updated almost every other week.
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