Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Timber: A frame or rib of a ship, connected to the keel. They give the hull both its shape and strength. Also a term to describe other substantial wooden parts of a ship. The preferred shipbuilding timber for European and American ships was fully seasoned oak. Cuban mahogany and Indian teak were also used and elm was often used for planking below the waterline.

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Timber hitch: A knot used for fastening a rope around a spar to be hoisted. Tightens under strain and releases easily when slackened.
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