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  • "... a staff of a certain length, fixed on a broad board at right angles, in order to measure or determine the necessary height of a hold, and to level the ballast: in merchant ships one ought to be very particular, but in the royal navy a moderate attention is necessary in their use for stowing the ground-tier, the others, consequently, arrange themselves."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 275

    October 13, 2008