black strake

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A wide band of planking along a ship's side, just above the wales, which was painted during the 17th and 18th centuries with tar and lamp black as a preservative. It was also used to contrast the white boottopping of the ship's bottom with the varnished wood of the sides. Oil paint was not used in ships, except very occasionally inboard, until the last quarter of the 18th century.

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