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A sailing ship which either by its construction, or by the stowage of its ballast or cargo, heels too far to the wind, or one which through lack of ballast or cargo cannot carry sail without the danger of overturning, is said to be crank. Ships built excessively deep in relation to their breadth were notoriously crank. Crank by the ground, a ship whose floor was so narrow that it could not be put ashore for breaming or careening without danger of overturning unless supported by legs.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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