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garboard strake


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n garboard strake the first wale laid next to the keel of a wooden ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garboard strake the first range or strake of planks laid on a ship's bottom next the keel.
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In literature:

Poor man, it knocked him silly, and he fell over the garboard-strake and barked his shin on the cat-heads.
"The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" by Mark Twain
You don't happen to know what the garboard strake is, do you?
"New Burlesques" by Bret Harte
The keel and stem are both in one piece, as shown, and to this the garboard strake is to be fastened.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884" by Various
That which is placed between the garboard-strake and lower back-strake.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

"Oh, fly aloft to the garboard strake!
And reef the spanker boom;
Bend a studding sail on the martingale,
To give her weather room."
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche