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|Stern: The rear part of a ship or boat. Often referring to the rear part above the sternpost, from the counter to the taffrail. Where the galleries, lanterns and tafferel were located.|
|Stern Chaser: Cannon located in the stern of a sailing warship for the purpose of firing at a pursuing enemy ship and hopefully slowing it down by damaging its rigging.|
|Stern Lantern: A lantern, often resembling a street-lamp mounted above the tafferel or above the quarter-galleries.|
Since about 1450, sailing ships would often carry one to three (and sometimes more) lanterns at the stern.