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||2 of 2: Wooden belaying pin found on the east coast of Mercury Bay, Whitianga, New Zealand, in the mid 1930s. This belaying pin is the darker coloured one next to the spokeshave.
A belaying pin is a device used on traditional sailing vessels to secure lines of rigging. Their function on modern vessels has been replaced by cleats, but they are still used, particularly on square rigged ships.
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 (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 [source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.]