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WAD to WARP

WASH to WATER-LINES

WATER-LOGGED to WAY of a ship

WEARING to WELL-ROOM
WEARING
WEATHER
WEATHER-BEATEN
To WEATHER
WEATHER-BIT
WEATHER-SHORE
To WEIGH
WELL
WELL of a fishing-vessel
WELL-ROOM

WHARF to WIND

WIND to WINDLASS

WINDSAIL to WRECK


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WELL

WELL, an apartment formed in the middle of a ship's hold to inclose the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck. It is used as a barrier to preserve those machines from being damaged by the friction or compression of the materials contained in the hold, and particularly to prevent the entrance of ballast, &c. by which the tubes would presently be choaked, and the pumps rendered incapable of service. By means of this inclosure, the artificers may likewise more readily descend into the hold, in order to examine the state of the pumps, and repair them, as occasion requires.


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