Nautical words



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Brace of Shakes. Very short interval of time. (Etymology very dubious.)

Brace Pendant. Pendant, from yard arm, through which a brace is rove.

Braces. Gudgeons of a rudder.

Brace To. Adjust a yard so that sail becomes a little aback. Done when tacking or wearing.

Brace Up. To adjust a yard so that it becomes less athwartships.

Bracket.* Carriage of a ship's gun.

Bracket Frame. Floor or frame in which frame and reverse frame are stiffened by plates (brackets) that may be watertight, or may have lightening holes.

Bracket Knee. More or less triangular plate secured to beam and frame to unite them, and to preserve the angle.


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