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1 The athwartships curve of a ship's deck, usually giving a fall towards the sides of a quarter of an inch (6.35 mm) to each foot (30.5 cm). 2 A small ...

Docks and Slips

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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...or at the bow of the vessel at the last stage of the launching, when bow pressures may become very high. This means that the calculations for the exact slope must be made before the assembly of the ship on the slipway. Sliding ways are usually straight or sometimes with camber. Cranes and scaffolding are completely different. Before launching, the assembled weight of a ship on the berth is transferred from the keel blocks to the launching way, which consists of a standing way and a cradle on which the ship moves. A suitable lubricant between the two...