as the water ran into it with the lee-roll.


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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: “lee roll?”

It was a dismantled, water-logged schooner, a most dismal sight, that must have been drifting about for several long weeks. The bulwarks were pretty much gone; and here and there the bare stanchions, or posts, were left standing, splitting in two the waves which broke clear over the deck, lying almost even with the sea. The foremast was snapt off less than four feet from its base; and the shattered and splintered remnant looked like the stump of a pine tree thrown over in the woods. Every time she rolled in the trough of the sea, her open main-hatchway yawned into view; but was as quickly filled, and submerged again, with a rushing, gurgling sound, as the water ran into it with the lee-roll.
  • Andygc

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    British English
    Roll to leeward. The derelict rolls more to leeward - away from the wind - than to windward - towards the wind. Each time it rolls away from the wind, the water runs into the open hatchway
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