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KECKLING - Winding small rope around a cable or hawser to prevent damage by chafing. 2. The rope with which a cable is keckled.

 

KEDGE -To use an anchor to move a boat by hauling on the anchor rode; a basic anchor type.

 

KEEL - The centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.

 

KEEL-HAUL - To drag a person backwards and forwards under a ship's keel, for certain offences.

 

KEEL STEPPED - A mast that is stepped (placed) on the keel at the bottom of the boat rather than on the deck. Keel stepped masts are considered sturdier than deck stepped masts.

 

KEELSON - A structure of timbers or steel beams that are bolted to the top of a keel to increase its strength. Also spelled kelson.

 

KELLET (SENTINEL) A heavy weight attached in the length of the anchor order to reduce the angle of pull at the anchor

 

KELTER - Good order and readiness

 

KENNING - Sixteenth-century term for a sea distance at which high land could be observed from a ship. Varied between 14 and 22 miles according to average atmospheric conditions in a given area.

 

KETCH - Two-masted boats, the after mast shorter, but with a ketch the after mast is forward of the rudder post

 

KEY OF KEELSON - Fictitious article for which greenhorns at sea are sometimes sent.

 

KILLICK - Nautical name for an anchor. Originally, was a stone used as an anchor.

 

KING SPOKE - Marked top spoke on a wheel when the rudder is centered.

 

KIPPAGE - Former name for the equipment of a vessel, and included the personnel.

 

KNEES - Supporting braces used for strength when two parts are joined.

 

KNOCKABOUT - A type of schooner without a bowsprit.

 

KNOCKDOWN The state of a sailing vessel which is heeled over with her sails in the water

 

KNOT - A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour.

 

KNOT - A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop or a noose, to tie a small rope to an object, or to tie the ends of two small ropes together.

 

KRAKEN -Fabulous sea monster supposed to have been seen off coasts of America and Norway. Sometimes mistaken for an island.