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false keel

an extension to the keel of a vessel either for protecting the keel from damage or for reducing leeway
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  • They are split out for the addition of the false keel, and therefore should be of the most free-grained timber.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • At midnight she was got off, leaving sixty feet of her false keel behind.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
  • The sheathing from the bow on that side was torn off, and a great part of the false keel was gone.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • I tried to fix a false keel on her, but my appliances were few, and I was unsuccessful.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Jack had also overcome the difficulty about the keel, by pinning to it a false keel.

    The Coral Island R. M. Ballantyne
  • A strip of her false keel has been forced from its attachments, drawing the heavy bolts, and tearing away some of our sheathing.

  • Her false keel had been broken and had swung across her main keel, which we could not repair.

    Journal of Voyages Jacob Dunham
  • If this system goes wrong a false keel of thirty-six hundredweight can be detached and the boat springs up to the surface.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • She hung on to a reef, and not until she had parted with her false keel would she push on and gain the open.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • A piece of timber attached to its lower part to render it nearly level with the false keel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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