Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Search result for definition: apron
Apron:

1. A planked platform at the entrance to a dock.

2. A rectangular piece of metal mounted over the touch-hole of a cannon to keep the charge covered and dry.

3. A curved timber fixed behind the lower part of the stem, immediately above the foremost end of the keel. An apron was intended to strengthen the connection between the stem and the keel. Also called gripe or gripe piece.
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