from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The several pieces of timber or iron which form the stern of a ship—the stern-post, transoms, and fashion-pieces.
  • noun Specifically, in iron ship-building, the frame at the stern of a screw-steamer, in the aperture of which is placed the screw-propeller. It includes the following parts: the after, outer, or rudder-post; the inner, body, propeller, or stern-post; the arch or bridge-piece uniting them above; and the sole-piece uniting them at the bottom. The frame is made of a heavy iron or steel forging, the parts being welded or scarfed and riveted, or, more frequently in modern practice, it is a heavy steel casting in one or two parts. The screw-shaft passes through the boss of the propeller-post, and the rudder is hung to the rudder-post. The sole-piece forms a prolongation of the keel to which it is riveted. Also called propeller-frame.


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  • I ascended the poop, and looking towards her moorings, saw all that remained of the "Donna Maria Segunda," -- a part of her stern-frame, just above water, and burning.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas

  • On the night of the 6th, a tremendous sea struck her on the stern, stove in all the dead-lights, and washed them into the cabin, lifted the taffrail a foot or more out of its place, carried away the afterpart of the larboard bulwark, shattered the whole of the stern-frame, and washed one of the steersmen away from the wheel.

    Thrilling Stories Of The Ocean From Authentic Accounts Of Modern Voyagers And Travellers; Designed For The Entertainment And Instruction Of Young People

  • So energetically did the men labour at their guns, and so tremendous was the fire that they poured into both their opponents, that in less than an hour the _Montague_ had her stern-frame and starboard quarter shattered to pieces, and a hundred killed and two hundred wounded.

    True Blue

  • Every time the stern-frame rose with the swell he was suspended above the water, and scorched by the long keen tongues of pure flame that now came darting through the gun-room ports.

    The Loss of the Kent, East Indiaman, in the Bay of Biscay Narrated in a Letter to a Friend

  • Thus it was, that just as he was about to commence getting out these great requisites from new planks, he came across a stem, stern-frame, and keel of a boat, that was intended to be eighteen feet long.

    The Crater

  • Sea_ (1812, 8vo) is pointed out, and the parallel passages are printed in full.] [102] [ "Night came on worse than the day had been; and a _sudden shift of wind, _ about midnight, _threw the ship into the trough of the sea, which struck her aft, tore away the rudder, started the stern-post, and shattered the whole of her stern-frame.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 6


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