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KEELS. This word is applied, in England, to vessels employed in the carriage of coals. Jacob, L. D.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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After all, the only mission of a seaman's calling is to keep ships' keels off the ground.
Gahan felt the impact of a body against the keel, followed by the soft thuds of the great bodies as they struck the ground beneath.
As before, the Pequod steeply leaned over towards the sperm whale's head, now, by the counterpoise of both heads, she regained her even keel; though sorely strained, you may well believe.
"The Captain must be very sure of his route, for I see there pieces of coral that would do for its keel if it only touched them slightly."
However, the vessel had not suffered, for her keel was solidly joined.
Robert was out there under the shed, reclining in the shade against the sloping keel of the overturned boat.
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THE keelmen were celebrated in the song Weel May the Keel Row as key players in the coal trade which underpinned Tyneside life.
Now a large and detailed painting showing a keel boat in operation on the River Tyne has returned toNewcastlealmost 80 years after last being seen publicly in the region.
Jefferson Keel has announced that he plans to step down effective at the end of his current term on Sept.
The material that comprises them must thicken, stabilise, and cool under the continent to form a strong, buoyant, keel that is fundamental for preserving the surface landmass against the relentless destructive forces of earth's tectonic activity.
[USPRwire, Fri Apr 19 2019] Italy, Germany, and France are the prominent Ship/boat Keel Market across the European region against the backdrop of strong manufacturing foothold and extensive fleet size.