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  • n. Plural form of knighthead.


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  • This time next week, I will tell all of my faithful readers what the following are: beakhead knightheads scantlings (sounds like a nice title for a novel ...) tumblehome (so does that) bulwark

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • It's a small platform at the fore part of the upper deck, where the crew go to do their business over the water. knightheads the two timbers rising from the keel which support the inner end of the bowsprit.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • The hands spent their free moments on the forecastle, round the knightheads, gazing at Brixham and Brixham Pier; even in that wind with its deluges of rain there were women to be seen occasionally, women in skirts, at whom the crew stared like so many Tantaluses.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • Busy though the ship was, there were nevertheless a few idlers round the knightheads who shrank away in panic at the remarkable sight of their captain here.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • Before we realized what was happening, we had been forced back away from Neddie and had retreated to the knightheads.

    The Mutineers

  • Mr. Broadrick was forward between the knightheads with the crew ranged to the starboard and at the braces, while Gerrit Ammidon stood with one hand on the quarter-deck railing and the other holding a brass speaking trumpet to his lips:

    Java Head

  • He accordingly came forward, turned all hands to, with tackles on the stays and back-stays, coming up with the seizings, hauling here, belaying there, and full of business, standing between the knightheads to sight the mast, —when the captain came forward, and also began to give orders.

    Chapter XXXIII. Cracking on-Progress Homeward-A Pleasant Sunday-A Fine Sight-By-Play

  • In a few moments, a heavier sea was raised than I had ever seen before, and as it was directly ahead, the little brig, which was no better than a bathing machine, plunged into it, and all the forward part of her was under water; the sea pouring in through the bow-ports and hawse-hole and over the knightheads, threatening to wash everything overboard.

    Chapter V. Cape Horn-A Visit

  • The mate then took his place between the knightheads to “twig” the fore, on the windlass to twig the main, and at the foot of the mainmast, for the mizen; and if anything was wrong, —too much bunt on one side, clews too taught or too slack, or any sail abaft the yard, —the whole must be dropped again.

    Chapter XXIII. New Ship and Shipmates-My Watchmate

  • The swinging kerosene lamp cast its light forward past the heel of the bowsprit to the knightheads, lighting here

    The Blue Lagoon: a romance


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