A crane, often working in pairs and usually made of steel, used to lower lifeboats or dinghies over the side of a ship; less commonly, a spar used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship.
‘Would you like some more? You’ll have it!
Affidavit, David, davit.’
– Gerard Nolst Trenité, The Chaos