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This article is about the type of plank. For the rapper, see Wale (rapper). For other uses, see Wale (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Wales.
A wale is a thick plank of wood fastened to the side of a ship to provide protection from wear. 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.
- Kemp, Peter, ed. (1976). The Oxford Companion to Ships & the Sea. London: Oxford University Press. pp. 922–923.
- Steel: Explanation of shipbuilding terms 1805
- The dictionary definition of wale at Wiktionary