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  • "... a large piece of pieces of timber bolted together, making one solid piece, which is placed under the bulge of a ship, to support her when launching. The support for the bulgeways to lie on, is called ways, which sometimes are placed straight, and sometimes camber; but if they do camber, it should be truly circular; though sometimes the curve is quicker at the lower-part, but this is liable to strain the sheer of the ship. Their extreme distance is generally about one-third the breadth of the ship, but this must depend on the form of the midship-bend."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 59

    See also bulgeways.

    October 13, 2008