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A wale is a thick plank of wood fastened to the side of a ship to provide protection from wear.[1] The garboard is the wale next to the keel; the gunwale is the top such plank and covers the heads of the timbers between the main and fore drifts.[2]

Wale is also a term for a horizontal member of a tieback wall which transmits the force from the tieback to the beams.[citation needed][clarification needed]

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  1. ^ Kemp, Peter, ed. (1976). The Oxford Companion to Ships & the Sea. London: Oxford University Press. pp. 922–923. 
  2. ^ Steel: Explanation of shipbuilding terms 1805

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of wale at Wiktionary