from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The highest timbers on the side of a vessel, being those above the futtocks.
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Likewise the planks along the sides must be changed, with the exception of the futtock-timbers and top-timbers made of the wood _maria_; for that wood, although cut and not seasoned, never rots, because it is always durable, in one way, without rotting.
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Maelstrom, and we were whirling ahead at a rate that would have split the ship from her keel to her top-timbers, had we come upon a sunken rock.
This set all hands of us at work, and, in a few minutes we found, scattered about, fragments of plank, top-timbers, floor-timbers, and other portions of a ship, all more or less burnt, and stripped of every particle of metal.