One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A structure running the length of a ship and fastening the timbers or plates of the floor to its keel.
- ‘When we found she could sail in stronger winds, we fitted a stronger mast and rigging and, later, a keelson, an internal timber spanning three frames.’
- ‘The ribs would have been treated with steam so that they could be bent sharply over the keelson.’
- ‘‘A few short ribs at the bow and stern will be fitted later when the new keelson is in place,’ said John Steer, one of the committee members.’
- ‘One of the main uses we have made of it is for the keelson which required a piece of wood 6.7m in length.’
- ‘There was no central keel in the hull, but a large extruded central keelson was used.’
Middle English kelswayn, related to Low German kielswīn, from kiel ‘keel of a ship’ + swīn ‘swine’ (used as the name of a timber).
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