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1 A shaped piece of timber placed under the quarters of casks when stowed in a ship's hold to keep the bilge, the central part of a cask where it swells, clear of the ship's floor.

2 Anchor bed, a flat space on either side of the bow of the ship on which, in the days before stockless anchors, the bower and sheet anchors were stowed after they had been weighed and catted.

3 Engine bed, the metal base on to which a ship's engines are bolted.

4 The stationary part of a carronade carriage upon which the gun slid.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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