from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The several pieces of timber or iron which form the stern of a ship—the stern-post, transoms, and fashion-pieces.
- n. Specifically, in iron ship-building, the frame at the stern of a screw-steamer, in the aperture of which is placed the screw-propeller. It includes the following parts: the after, outer, or rudder-post; the inner, body, propeller, or stern-post; the arch or bridge-piece uniting them above; and the sole-piece uniting them at the bottom. The frame is made of a heavy iron or steel forging, the parts being welded or scarfed and riveted, or, more frequently in modern practice, it is a heavy steel casting in one or two parts. The screw-shaft passes through the boss of the propeller-post, and the rudder is hung to the rudder-post. The sole-piece forms a prolongation of the keel to which it is riveted. Also called propeller-frame.
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