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KAICLING or KECLING to KELSON
KAICLING or KECLING
KEDGE
KEEL
Upon an even KEEL
KEEL-HAULING
To KEEP
To KEEP the luff
To KEEP off
Boat-KEEPER
KELSON

KETCH to KNOT


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KEDGE

KEDGE, (ancre de touei, Fr.) a small anchor used to keep a ship steady whilst she rides in a harbour or river, particularly at the turn of the tide, when she might otherwise drive over her principal anchor, and entangle the stock or flukes with her slack cable, so as to loosen it from the ground. This is accordingly prevented by a kedge-rope that restrains her from approaching it.

The kedges are also particularly useful in transporting a ship, i.e. removing her from one part of the harbour to another, by means of ropes, which are fastened to these anchors.

They are generally furnished with an iron stock, which is easily displaced, for the convenience of stowing them. See the articles ANCHOR and WARP.


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