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KAICLING or KECLING to KELSON

KETCH to KNOT
KETCH
KEVELS
KEY
KEYS
KINK
KNEE
KNEE of the head
KINGHT-HEAD or BOLLARD-TIMBER
KNIGHT-HEADS
KNITTLE
KNOT


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KETCH to KNOT

KETCH

KETCH, (bombarde, Fr.) a vessel equipped with two masts, viz. the main-mast and mizen-mast, and usually from 100 to 250 tons burthen.

KETCHES are principally used as yachts, or as bomb-vessels, the former of which are employed to convey princes of the blood, ambassadors,or other great personages from one part to another; and the latter are used to bombard citadels, or towns, or other fortresses.

The bomb-ketches are therefore furnished with all the apparatus necessary for a vigorous bombardment. They are built remarkably strong, as being fitted with a greater number of riders than any other vessel of war; see fig. 5. plate VII. and indeed this reinforcement is absolutely necessary to sustain the violent shock produced by the discharge of their mortars, which would otherwise, in a very short time, shatter them to pieces. See MORTAR and SHELL.

Plate 7

Plate VII


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