Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 15:55:01 PST
From: "//www.usa.net/~ague" ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]REDRCK.ENET.DEC.COM
Subject: Re: Piggin (Bucket)
Using Web Search engine, "piggin" can be either a bucket or a type of cowboy's
rope. Although the latter might be a shortened form of "pigging".
From "The Island of Doctor Moreau" by HGWells, (etext as entered by The
"I had recovered from my hysterical phase by this time
and answered his hail, as he approached, bravely enough.
I told him the dingey was nearly swamped, and he reached me a piggin.
I was jerked back as the rope tightened between the boats.
For some time I was busy baling."
"At a word of command from Montgomery, the four men in the launch
sprang up, and with singularly awkward gestures struck the lugs.
Montgomery steered us round and into a narrow little dock excavated
in the beach. Then the man on the beach hastened towards us.
This dock, as I call it, was really a mere ditch just long
enough at this phase of the tide to take the longboat.
I heard the bows ground in the sand, staved the dingey off the rudder
of the big boat with my piggin, and freeing the painter, landed.
The three muffled men, with the clumsiest movements, scrambled out
upon the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo, assisted by
the man on the beach. I was struck especially by the curious
movements of the legs of the three swathed and bandaged boatmen,--
not stiff they were, but distorted in some odd way, almost as if they
were jointed in the wrong place."
From "Peter D. Green's Nautical Words and Terminology Page",
Piggin: Very small wooden pail having one stave prolonged to form a handle.
Used as a bailer in a boat
From the THE NATIONAL COWBOY HALL OF FAME AND WESTERN HERITAGE CENTER home
page, http://www.horseworld.com/nchf/rodeo2.html, on Calf-roping:
"The calf is released with a designated headstart, tripping a barrier for
pursuit by horse and rider. As the horse overtakes the calf, the contestant
must rope the calf cleanly around the neck (two throws are allowed) and bring
his horse to an immediate stop, pulling the calf to the ground. While the
horse maintains a taut rope on the calf, the contestant runs to the animal,
throws it and ties any three legs securely with a "piggin' string.""