Channel (part)

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According to Wikipedia’s Glossary of nautical terms a channel and a chain-wale are the same. A broad, thick plank that projects horizontally from each of a ship's sides abreast a mast, distinguished as the fore, main, or mizzen channel accordingly, serving to extend the base for the shrouds, which supports the mast. [1] Smyth, 1867 does not have a definition of Channel as it relates to a part of a ship. However, some other definitions in this dictionary refer to the channels. From these definitions it is clear that the channel is the plank that forms the horizontal part of the chains. [2]


  2. Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), 1788-1865 Admiral. The Sailor's Word~Book. Blackie and Son, Paternoster Row, 1867 Reprinted by Algrove Publishing Limited Almonte, ON Canada 2004. ISBN 1-897030-05-3
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