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is a broad, thick plank around the outside of a wooden ship.
The garboard is the wale next to the keel; the gunwale
The gunwale is a nautical term describing the top edge of the side of a boat.Wale is the same word as the skin injury, a wheal, which, too, forms a ridge. Originally the gunwale was the "Gun ridge" on a sailing warship. This represented the strengthening wale or structural band added to the design...
is the top such plank and covers the heads of the timbers between the main and fore drifts.
Gunports on armed ships were placed in the Middle Wales.
A horizontal member of a tieback wall which transmits the force from the tieback to the beams.