from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In wood ship-building, a name used to distinguish the keel proper from the false keel. See cut under
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She had twenty-seven of her floors and first futtocks broke, and the Portuguese, in repairing her, had put in seventeen feet of main-keel.
We also could perceive as far as we were able to see along the main-keel, that it was much torn, and we had therefore reason to conclude that the damage would altogether prove very serious.
Journal of the Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage
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