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ABACK to ADMIRAL of the fleet

Vice-ADMIRAL to AFTER-SAILS

AGENT-VICTUALLER to ALL'S WELL

ALL bands high to ANCHOR

To drag the ANCHORS to To fish the ANCHOR

To sheer the ship to her ANCHOR to Top-ARMOUR
To sheer the ship to her ANCHOR
To shoe the ANCHOR
To weigh the ANCHOR
ANCHOR-ground
AN-END
APEEK
APRON
Naval ARCHITECTURE
ARMED-SHIP
Top-ARMOUR

ASHORE to AUGER

AWEIGH to AZIMUTH COMPASS


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APRON

APRON (from a and foran, Sax.) a platform, or flooring of plank, raised at the entrance of a dock, a little higher than the bottom, against which the dock gates are shut. See the article DOCK.

APRON (centre étrave, Fr.) in ship-building, a piece of curved timber fixed behind the lower part of the stem, immediately above the foremost end of the keel. See plate I. fig. H. in the PIECES of the HULL.

Plate 1

Plate I

The APRON conforms exactly to the shape of the stem, so that when the convexity of the former is applied to the concavity of the latter, it forms one solid piece, which serves to fortify the stem, and give it a firmer connexion with the keel.

As the apron is composed of two pieces scarsed together, and used to support the scarf of the stem, it is necessary that the scarf thereof should be at some distance from that of the stem. It is formed of the same thickness with the heel of the stem; but its thickness is equal throughout. Sometimes the piece immediately under the apron forms a curve, of which the horizontal part covers the dead-wood, whilst the vertical part corresponds with the inside of the stem, to which it is sayed, making the commencement of the apron.

APRON (platine de lumiere, Fr.) is also a square piece of lead fastened over the touch-hole of the cannon, to keep the charge dry at sea, or in rainy weather.


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