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Two six heave
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Two six heave

"Two, six, heave" is a phrase used in the British Royal Navy to coordinate seamen's pulling. It derives from the orders used in firing shipboard cannons. The team of six men had numbered roles. After loading, it was the task of the men numbered two and six to heave (in a coordinated fashion) the cannon back out the portal for firing. Shanties not being countenanced in the Royal Navy, "two, six, heave" was pressed into service whenever seamen needed to pull in a coordinated fashion.

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