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Anchor bitts of the warship Vasa, displayed in the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Source:Wikimedia Commons.

Bitts are paired wooden or iron posts either aboard a ship or on a dock or quay used to secure mooring lines. Shipboard bitts were vertical timbers anchored into the keel used to attach the end of the anchor cable, and to secure the cable while the ship is riding at anchor.

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