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This is an extract from Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. In this context a cabin boy is asked to lug eight heavy buckets from the galley to fill the tub in the captain's cabin.

"There's a bucket rail housed on the poopdeck, squirt. You can try it, but I doubt you've the muscle to tote four buckets at a crack. So use the water cask at the top of the stairs for the cold fill. It'll save you a bit of time."

Would you like to give me the meaning of "bucket rail" in this case? Thanks.
  • DocPenfro

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    English - British
    If it was a device that allowed one man to carry four buckets, it must have been a shoulder-yoke of some kind. Normally these were made for the carrying of two buckets, so a four-bucket rail would have been a monster and would have demanded unusual physical strength to carry it fully laden.
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