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An old name for the small bulkheads, often temporary. They were erected in the holds of a cargo ship when a shifting cargo, such as corn or coal, was loaded, their purpose being to prevent its movement when the ship rolled or pitched. In the older sailing days, pouches were fitted in warships before they were careened for bottom cleaning so that the shingle ballast, which had been shifted by hand to heel the ship, should not run back to the centreline.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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