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- n. Plural form of freeboard.
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Closest to the quay were some ungainly ships, much smaller than frigates, with low freeboards and wide hulls.
Its freeboards less than three inches from the flat water, the boat plowed out into midstream with the helmsman nervously jabbering at Luong, who ignored him.
These gaily-painted vessels of from twenty to eighty tons, with their high freeboards, wide sterns, raking masts, tanned sails and gaudy vanes, are extremely quaint and picturesque.
This task having been completed von Gobendorff noticed with a certain amount of apprehension that the freeboards betwixt the edge of the gaping hole and the water was less than four inches.
It was easy to hide the results of cruelty, for being washed overboard was by no means an uncommon way of disappearing from vessels with low freeboards in the shallow water of the North Sea.
But ships with high freeboards doing over 15 knots tend to get away.