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1 Pieces of timber fixed longitudinally to the masts or yards of square-rigged ships to strengthen them if they showed signs of weakness or bursting under strain. See also fish, to.

2 Planks laid fore and aft under the beams of the orlop and lower decks in wooden ships and fayed to the timbers to add strength to the ship's structure.

3 Strakes fastened to the inside of wooden ships' sides to form a support on which the ends of the deck beams can rest, the knees being bolted or fastened with treenails or bolts to the clamps.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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