Adapted from 'The Seaman's Friend...' by R. H. DANA Jr

Dana was the author of ‘Two Years Before the Mast’
[Boston: Thomas Groom & Co., 1851. 6th Edition, Revised and Corrected]
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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.

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