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1 A tapering piece of wood or a screwed metal stopper, used to stop the drain hole in the bottom of a small boat. Warfare at sea during the days of sail made it necessary to carry a number of wooden plugs of varying sizes to stop shot holes after battle, particularly those below the waterline. It was one of the carpenter's duties after battle to inspect the hull for shot holes and hammer home the plugs.

2 The name given to the pattern, or male former, on which the moulds for hulls of small craft, such as yachts and harbour boats, are moulded in GRP.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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