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A piece of wood fitted in various places in a ship, mostly wooden sailing vessels, to act as a preventive to chafe or nip. Powered ships sometimes have them fixed to the deck around the hawseholes to prevent the cable from rubbing against the hawsehole cheeks. In old wooden sailing ships the pieces of soft wood, usually covered with canvas, which rested on the trestle-trees to prevent them getting nipped by the rigging, were also called bolsters.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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