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stern sheets

plural noun, Nautical.
1.
the after part of an open boat, occupied by the person in command or by passengers.
Origin of stern sheets
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85
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  • Mr. Phillips stood in the stern sheets, the tiller between his feet.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Lingard settled her in the stern sheets and sat down by her side.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • "We will not wait for your men," she said, quietly, seating herself in the stern sheets.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • "You are all right now," said Shuffles, as he rose from his seat in the stern sheets.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • I rigged the tiller, and the mate sat beside me in the stern sheets.

  • Billy, who was always ready for a caulk, lay down in the stern sheets.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • He and his wife then followed, taking their seats in the stern sheets.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Adair now jumped on board, and made his way to the stern sheets.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • The officer in the stern sheets, who steered her, then said, “How came you overboard?”

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The barge received the coffin, which was placed in the stern sheets.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for stern sheets

stern sheets

plural noun
1.
(nautical) the part of an open boat near the stern
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