clinker-built

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A comparison of clinker and carvel building styles.

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clinker-built (not comparable)

  1. (shipbuilding, of a boat or ship) Constructed using planks or plates of the hull laid so that each plank overlaps the edge of the plank or plate below it, and in the case of plates, behind it.
    • 1891, G. A. Henty, A Chapter of Adventures, ch. 1 A Fishing Village:
      Ten years ago all the bawleys were clinker-built—that is, with the streaks overlapping each other, as in boats; but the new bawleys are now all carvel-built, the planks being placed edge to edge, so as to give a smooth surface, as in yachts and large vessels.
    • 1921, John Buchan, chapter 1, in The Path of the King:
      But best he loved to go up the firth in the boat which Leif had made him—a finished, clinker-built little model of a war galley, christened the Joy-maker—and catch the big sea fish

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