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1 A stanchion with two short, curved arms at the end shaped to take the main boom of a yacht, or other fore-and-aft-rigged vessel, when the sails are stowed. It is fitted on the vessel's counter and is used to secure the boom and prevent it swinging from side to side when the vessel rolls. See also gallows.

2 Alternative name for a rowlock.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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