Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Chain: A unit of length equal to 4 rods or (4x16.5) 66 feet.
Chain Plate: One of a number of strips of iron, chains, or a combination of iron links and straps with each lower end fastened to a ships hull and the upper end carrying a deadeye to which the shrouds or back stays were connected and tensioned.

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Chain Shot: A chain with a solid ball (sphere or half-sphere) at each end, fired from a cannon to inflict damage to a ships rigging and masts.
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