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Heel (nautical term)

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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).

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Concepts: Boot Topping
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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 ]

Created: 6 March 2004

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
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