Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Search result for definition: battens
Battens: Narrow strips of wood used for a variety of purposes such as:

1. Strips of wood or bamboo poles, placed in pockets in the leech of a sail or sewn into a sail, to assist in keeping its form.

2. Strips of wood used to fasten down the edges of the material covering the hatches in bad weather (batten down the hatches).

3. Strips of wood used in the construction of a vessel, spiling battens

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