king plank

noun Shipbuilding.
a plank running along the center line of a deck, into which all other planks are fitted. Unabridged
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The mast is stepped through the king plank and into an oak box framing fastened to the keel.
Heavier structural members, such as the king plank, were fitted in a few areas.
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