One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a boat) having external planks secured with clinched nails such that the bottom edge of an upper plank overlaps the upper edge of a lower plank.Compare with carvel-built
- ‘The clinker-built construction of overlapping planks secured by clench nails conferred great strength with flexibility.’
- ‘The roof here is constructed almost like a clinker-built boat, again reflecting Barry's other great love, sailing.’
- ‘Nowadays, these wooden clinker-built dinghies are equipped with reliable outboard motors which means you no longer need forearms like Popeye to go afloat on Leven.’
- ‘The felling of strakes used in its clinker-built hull has been dated by dendrochronology to the 880s.’
- ‘These were clinker-built - that is, with timbers overlapping and not laid flush - with flat bottom, straight stem and stern posts, a stern rudder and a single sail.’
- ‘Perhaps the most interesting of these were the clench-nails, as these were used to fasten the overlapping long planks of a clinker-built vessel together.’
- ‘Well preserved remains of Viking ships show they were clinker-built of overlapping planks and measured between about 17.5m and 36m in length.’
- ‘But not everyone who visits this exclusive little port considers it prudent to spend the equivalent of the cost of a clinker-built dinghy on a single night's accommodation.’
- ‘The clinker-built whaler lay trapped between the twin worlds of darkling sea and shadow-limned night.’
- ‘The most popular was the clinker-built dinghy.’
- ‘It's a 14 ft, wooden, clinker-built boat, upside down and in need of some varnish.’
Mid 18th century: clinker from clink ( northern English variant of clinch).
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