What does the word marline mean?

Usage examples for marline

  1. Why, I've know'd him, off and on, since he was the length of a marline spike, d'ye see- an' I've seed him save dozens, ay dozens, of lives- men, women, and children,- in lifeboats, an' in luggers, an' swimmin'. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. In less than half an hour he was moored stem and stern so close under the walls of the little fort that he could have hurled a marline- spike against the walls from his own quarter- deck. – Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 by James Barnes