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To Heel

When a ship was made to heel it leaned over exposing the parts of the hull which usually lay below the waterline. Vessels were often forced to heel by the pressure of the wind on the sails when they were set obliquely to the hull. They could also be made to heel by moving ballast from one side of the ship to the other, as was done when a ship needed to have the upper part of its bottom cleaned (boot-topped).

Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 October 2001
Modified: 1 December 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-P000086

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