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Kedge Anchor. Small anchor used for kedging.

Kedging. Moving a vessel by laying out a small anchor and then heaving her to it.

Keel. Principal member of a ship's construction. Lies fore and aft along centre line of bottom. May be an external or an internal construction. 2. Craft formerly used on River Tyne for carrying cargo, particularly coal. Propelled by three sweeps or, when possible, by a square sail. Usual capacity about 20 tons. See 'Humber Keel'.

Keelage. Money paid by a vessel for occupying space in a harbour. Also the right to exact keelage from vessels.

Keel Band. Metal strip going up fore side of a boat's stem from, just abaft forefoot. Also called a 'stem band'.

Keel Blocks. Strong and adjustable erections along centre line of bottom of dry dock, or building slip, on which keel of a vessel rests and so allows workmen to pass underneath the vessel.

Keeler 190 Kentledge



Keeler. Man employed on a keel (craft). 2. Shallow tub that holds material for caulking seams in a vessel.

Keel Hauling. Olden punishment in which an offender was lowered from one yard arm and hauled under the keel by another halliard from the opposite yard arm.

Keelson. Internal keel fitted immediately above the main keel.

Keel Staple. Large copper staple fastening false keel to main keel in wooden ship.

Keep Her Away. Injunction to helmsman to keep ship's head from coming too close to wind.

Keep Her So. Order to helmsman to keep ship's head on her head­ing when the order was given.

Keep the Luff. Order to helmsman to keep ship's head closely to the wind.


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