from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See keelson.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See keelson.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of keelson.


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  • "Is not the main-truck higher than the kelson is low?"

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 9

    July 23, 2008

  • "the whole blessed boat, from cross-trees to kelson."

    Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883), ch. 28

    February 10, 2019

  • "But even so, this was a comfortable height. Eighty-seven feet less the depth of the kelson – say seventy-five."

    Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, p 87 of the Norton paperback edition

    July 13, 2019