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1 Pieces of timber bolted to the mast of a sailing ship below the masthead to support the trestle-trees. For illus. see rigging: standing rigging.

2 The two sidepieces of the wooden gun carriages in sailing warships.

3 The two sides of a block.

4 The rounded portions of the bows of the old wooden men-of-war when they were extended by the erection of the forecastle above the beakhead, a feature of warship design introduced in the 15th century.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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