Glossary

Using reference material, this glossary has been designed to provide you with a basic explanation or definition of each of the terms provided.  This glossary will be constantly updated so please contact us, if you would like us to comment of any of the terminology used.

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K

kabe
an L shaped member fitted at sheer level against which the oar is pulled. It has a hole to take a grommet
keel
a central longitudinal member the depth of which is greater than or equal to its width. It may be shaped, for example a RABBETTED KEEL or a FLANGED KEEL
keel bar
metal bar forming the keel of a metal vessel
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
keel plank
a central longitudinal member, the depth of which amidships is less than its width but greater than the depth of the garboard strake
keelson
longitudinal member fitted over the floors above the keel to increase strength and distribute stress
ketch
a two masted sailing vessel whose mainmast is forward. The mizzen mast is smaller and is stepped forward of the rudder post
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
kevel head
the head of a top timber extending above the sheer and used for belaying ropes
killick
a wood and stone implement used for the same purpose as an anchor
king plank
the deck plank located on the centreline
knee
a bracket between two members at about right angles or more to each other
knee strings
the short strings used to hold the sidecloths in place of the gunwales of a narrow boat when they are rolled up
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
knight heads
heavy timbers located either side of the bow to give additional support to the bowsprit
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship

copper fastened:

a vessel whose plank fastenings are of copper rather than iron