hatch battens

hatch battens

[′hach ‚bat·ənz]
(naval architecture)
Flat bars used to fasten and make tight the edges of a tarpaulin covering a hatch.
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And the first surprise came very soon, when the explosives (to which he owed his sudden chance of engagement)--dynamite in cases and blasting powder in barrels--taken on board, main hatch battened for sea, cook restored to his functions in the galley, anchor fished and the tug ahead, rounding the South Foreland, and with the sun sinking clear and red down the purple vista of the channel, he went on the poop, on duty, it is true, but with time to take the first freer breath in the busy day of departure.