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The solid timbering in the bow and stern of a sailing vessel just above the keel where the lines narrow down to such an extent that the separate side timbers cannot each be accommodated. Generally the fore deadwood extends from the stem to the foremost frame, the after deadwood from the sternpost to the after balanced frame. Both deadwoods are firmly fixed to the keel to add strength to the ship's structure.

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