|KECKLING||Old rope wound round cables, to keep them from chafing. (See ROUNDING.)|
|KEDGE||A small anchor, with an iron stock, used for warping.
To kedge, is to warp a vessel ahead by a kedge and hawser.
|KEEL||The lowest and principal timber of a vessel, running fore-and-aft its whole length, and supporting the whole frame. It is composed of several pieces, placed lengthwise, and scarfed and bolted together. (See FASLE KEEL.)|
|KEEL-HAUL||To haul a man under a vessel's bottom, by ropes at the yard-arms on each side. Formerly practised as a punishment in ships of war.|
|KEELSON||A timber placed over the keel on the floor-timbers, and running parallel with it.|
|KENTLEDGE||Pig-iron ballast, laid each side of the keelson.|
|KEVEL or CAVIL||A strong piece of wood, bolted to some timber or stanchion, used for belaying large ropes to.|
|KEVEL-HEADS||Timber-heads, used as kevels.|
|KINK||A twist in a rope.|
|KNEES||Crooked pieces of timber, having two arms, used to connect the
beams of a vessel with her timbers. (See DAGGER.)
Lodging-knees, are placed horizontally, having one arm bolted to a beam, and the other across two of the timbers.
Knee of the head, is placed forward of the stem, and supports the figure-head.
|KNIGHT-HEADS or BOLLARD-TIMBERS||The timbers next the stem on each side, and continued high enough to form a support for the bowsprit.|
|KNITTLES or NETTLES||The halves of two adjoining yarns in a rope, twisted up together, for pointing or grafting. Also, small line used for seizings and for hammock-clews.|
|KNOCK-OFF!||An order to leave off work.|
|KNOT||A division on the log-line, answering to a mile of distance.|