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To upset or overturn in connection with a vessel at sea or in harbour. In general the term is normally related to natural causes, such as high winds or heavy seas, but refers also to human error in such cases as faulty stowage of cargo which may cause a ship to become unstable and thus overturn. When a tug is capsized by the vessel it is towing, it is known as girding. See also stability.

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