- a curved timber in a wooden bow, scarfed at its lower end to the keelson.
Origin of stemson
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The stem appears to be good; but the stemson is mostly decayed.
Stemson, stem′sun, n. an arching piece of compass-timber behind the apron of a vessel, and supporting its scarfs.
The stemson is so far decayed, principally in its outer part, as to make it absolutely necessary to be shifted.
- nautical a curved timber scarfed into or bolted to the stem and keelson at the bow of a wooden vesselCompare sternson
C18: from stem 1 + (keel) son
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