A large cleat formed of two upright pieces of wood usually fitted on the gunwale of a sailing vessel and used for belaying ropes. Kevel-heads, used for the same purpose, are the ends of a vessel's top timbers projected beyond the level of the gunwale. Kevel posts are the vertical posts holding the pinrails or fife rails. They pass through the deck and are bolted to a beam or bulkhead.
Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.