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- n. A carved panel
- n. The flat upper part of a ship's stern above the transom, often decorated with carvings
- n. The taffrail
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. “The upper part of the stern of a vessel” (Totten); “the uppermost part, frame, or rail of a ship behind, over the poop” (Phillips, 1706).
- n. Same as taffrail (which is now the usual form in this sense).
Accordingly, it had one hundred feet in the beam, one hundred feet in the keel, and one hundred feet from the bottom of the sternpost to the tafferel.
Doggerel verse The sailor stood at the tafferel (or taffrail).
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Yet we should oftener look over the tafferel of our craft, like curious passengers, and not make the voyage like stupid sailors picking oakum.
I went up immediately afterwards on deck, and looking back over the tafferel, could only just see the glittering spires of Gladstonopolis in the distance.
But as soon as he felt the pain occasioned by the book in his jaws, he plunged towards the bottom of the sea with such violence, as to render the very tafferel hot, by the rapidity of the cord gliding over it.
It was my common practice to sit for hours after night-fall upon the tafferel, and strain my eyes in the attempt to distinguish objects on shore or strange sails in the distance.
Taking two of the first soldiers who made their appearance on deck, he silently entered the boat swinging from the tafferel of the sloop, motioned the two soldiers to follow him, and then ordered the boat to be let down with all silence and despatch.
In a quarter of an hour, most of that part of the stern which was within five or six feet of the tafferel, rose above the water, coming fairly in view.
Mulford left the bilge, and waded as far aft as it was at all prudent for him to proceed, in the vain hope that the boat might be there, fastened by its painter to the schooner's tafferel, as he had left it, but concealed from view by the darkness of the night.
The tafferel of the schooner actually came in sight, when a little swell passed over it, leaving it for an instant in the trough.