from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The several pieces of timber or iron which form the stern of a ship—the stern-post, transoms, and fashion-pieces.
- n. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sea_ (1812, 8vo) is pointed out, and the parallel passages are printed in full.]  [ "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.