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Buoys were barrel-like wooden constructions, brightly painted and large enough to be seen at a distance.

Buoys were floated over hazards such as such dangerous banks and shallows, or used to mark the beginning of channels, or safe anchoring places.

Illustrations of some typical mid-eighteenth-century buoys are to be found in Plate II of the 1780 edition of William Falconer’s Dictionary of the Marine….

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  • Falconer, William, Online edition of William Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, or, a Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases employed in the Construction, ...of a Ship...derived from the text of the London 1780 edition published by Thomas Cadell, 2004 edn, South Seas, http://southseas.nla.gov.au/refs/falc/contents.html. [ Details ]

Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 2 October 2001
Modified: 11 October 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000008

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