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1 The squared end of a plank used on the side or deck of a wooden vessel. It is also the name given to the space between the two squared ends of adjoining planks in a ship's side, which has to be caulked. Similarly, the ends of plates used in the sides or decks of iron or steel ships are also known as butts. To start a butt is when the end of a plank springs clear of, or loosens from, its fastening to a ship's timbers, usually as a result of heavy weather.

See also shipbuilding.

See also shipbuilding.

2 A cask containing 126 gallons (573 litres).

Subjects: Maritime History.


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