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false keel

noun
1.
an extension to the keel of a vessel either for protecting the keel from damage or for reducing leeway
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  • At midnight she was got off, leaving sixty feet of her false keel behind.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale
  • 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
  • The sheathing-boards were soon seen to be floating away all around, and the false keel was finally torn off.

  • It was probable that a part of the false keel would remain in the sand, but they could pass over it.

  • The Hope was brought on shore, and her deck and false keel taken off, that she might be used for landing provisions and stores.

    The Wreck on the Andamans Joseph Darvall
  • 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 strip of her false keel has been forced from its attachments, drawing the heavy bolts, and tearing away some of our sheathing.

  • 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
  • When it was finished a false keel six inches in depth in the centre, tapering away to nothing at the ends, was fixed underneath.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty

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