futtock platefuttock plate
an iron plate put horizontally around the top of a ship's lower mast to hold the futtock shrouds
One of the iron fittings attached to the side edges of a top to secure the lower ends of the topmast shrouds and the upper ends of the futtock shrouds.
(plural futtock plates)
- (nautical) A plate (usually metal) attached horizontally near the top of the lower mast of a square rigged ship in order to secure the topmast. Rigging runs both upwards (topmast rigging) and downwards (futtock shrouds) to maintain stability.