Part of speech: noun

A beam running lengthwise above the keel, to stiffen a vessel.

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Usage examples "keelson":

  1. The boy knew that he must be listening to the Touch- me- not, whose keelson came from an old line- of- battle ship. - "The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales", Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
  2. Black as a chimney from keelson to truck, she was as like to a butterfly as a lady's hand is to a monkey's paw. - "The Lifeboat", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. English she was from truck to keelson, and long before she fired that disdainful shot the gunners of the Wasp had put out their smoking matches. - "Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812", James Barnes.