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The planking or woodwork, or steel plating in the case of steel ships, along the sides of a ship above its upper deck to prevent seas washing over the gunwales. It also helped prevent any person on board who inadvertently fell from being washed overboard in rough weather. In sailing ships which used to round Cape Horn, nets were frequently rigged above the bulwarks to provide an added security against any of the crew being washed overboard.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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