Cradle. Framework of iron or wood, resting on launching ways, that supports a ship under construction for about three-quarters of her length. Slides down the ways when ship is launched. 2. Padded box in which horses, etc, are hoisted aboard. 3. Railed stage used for painting ship's side, or for repairs, when ship is in dry dock.
Craft. Vessel or vessels of practically any size or type.
Cran. Fish measure equivalent to 37 ½ gallons, or 420 Ib. of herrings.
Cranage. Money paid for use of cranes. 2. Outfit of cranes in a port.
Crance Iron. Iron rigging band at extremity of jib boom or bowsprit. Sometimes applied to any boom iron.
Crane. Machine for hoisting or lowering heavy weights. Name is also given to a projecting bracket, or pillar with curved arms, used for supporting booms or spars.
Crank. Said of a vessel with small stability, whether due to build or to stowage of cargo. 2.*Iron braces that supported lanterns at quarters of poop.