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1 A raised wooden frame consisting of two uprights and a cross-piece on which the skid booms of a square-rigged ship rested. See also booms.

2 A temporary wooden structure, also known as a boom crutch, erected on the counter of small fore-and-aft-rigged sailing craft on which the main boom is stowed and secured when the vessel is at anchor or lying on a mooring.

3 Inverted U-shaped iron or steel frames fitted in pairs on one or both sides of a trawler and carrying a large sheave to take the trawl warps. They were colloquially known as the ‘the galluses’.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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