Clinker planking, in which planks overlap at the edges, as distinguished from carvel (smooth).

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ASHCROFT SYSTEM

Timber boat building technique using two layers of overlapping diagonal strip planks with glue barrier between. High strength and low weight.

BARREL BOW

Planks curved around the bow as a nose.

CLINKER

Lapstrake planking, where planks overlap their edges, as opposed to carvel (smooth planking).

GARBOARD-STRAKE

The first planks on each side of the keel.

HERRINGBONE DECK

Opposing diagonally splayed deck planks on each side of the vessels centreline in a decorative pattern.

PLANKS

Wide boards used to make a watertight external covering.

PAY A SEAM

To fill a join between planks with pitch.

STAVES

Short reinforcing planks or frames.

SWEAT BATTENS

The permanent wooden planks attached to the frames of the ship that aids in ventilation.

CHICAGO CAISSON

A cofferdam about 4 feet (1.2 meters) in diameter lined with planks and sunk in medium-stiff clays to hard ground for pier foundations. Also known as open-well caisson.

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