Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Launching Ways: Beds of timber blocks sloping toward the water which supported the sliding ways of the cradle holding the ship. Large timbers called Ground-ways were sunk into the ground on top of which timber (keel) blocks were laid. At launch time, the launching ways were greased to facilitate smooth sliding of the hull into the water.
See also our 3D Launching ways model
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