In Chaucer, it denotes usually an arrow or arrows.
3. The rigging and apparatus of a ship; also, any purchase where more than one block is used. Fall and tackle. See the note under Pulley. Fishing tackle. See Fishing, ground tackle, a board, frame, or post, at the end of a ropewalk, for supporting the spindels, or whirls, for twisting the yarns.
Origin: OE. Takel, akin to LG. & D. Takel, Dan. Takkel, Sw. Tackel; perhaps akin to E. Taw, v.t, or to take.