Futtock-plate definitions

An iron plate attached horizontally to the top of the lower mast to secure the topmast rigging and the upper ends of the futtock shrouds.
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An iron plate put horizontally around the top of a ship's lower mast to hold the futtock shrouds.
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(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.
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