from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the timbers or sections which compose the keel of a boat.
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She had struck the obstacle with her tough keel-piece, and had been turned aside at right angles.
At length the day arrived when, everything being ready, the keel of the vessel was to be laid down -- a task which, the keel-piece being cut out of one log, it took the little band an entire day to accomplish satisfactorily.
And once, twice, thrice, the club smote against the keel-piece.
The prow was little better than a hog's snout for burrowing under the water, and the planking by the keel-piece was as flat as the bottom of a chest.
From keel-piece up to deck-plank, the roomage of her hold,
If you knock three times to-night on the keel-piece with the club, you shall have such help in building boats that the like of them will not be found in all Nordland. "