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Strips of iron or bronze with their lower ends bolted to the ship's side under the chain-wales (see chains (2) ) of sailing vessels. They carry the deadeyes or rigging screws to which the standing rigging is secured. In the older sailing ships these deadeyes were attached to short lengths of chain secured to the ship's side, and the name remained when chains were superseded by a plate.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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