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A word that has now disappeared from the nautical vocabulary; it was used to describe defects in wooden spars, usually caused by knots in the wood that contracted and fell out; or to describe a naval plank that had been sawn obliquely to the central axis of the tree. It was used mainly as an adjective, as in ‘a length of shan timber’ or ‘the timber is shan’.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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