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Naval Captain on the Poop Deck Taffrail, by William Heysmann Overend

EtymologyEdit

From either tafferel or aft rail, by false alteration.

NounEdit

taffrail (plural taffrails)

  1. (nautical) The curved wooden top of the stern of a sailing man-of-war or East Indiaman, usually carved or decorated.
  2. (nautical) The rail around the stern of a ship.
    • 1833, Edgar Allan Poe, "MS. Found in a Bottle," [1]
      One evening, leaning over the taffrail, I observed a very singular, isolated cloud, to the N.W.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, chapter 29, in Moby-Dick[2]:
      [] with heavy, lumber-like pace he was measuring the ship from taffrail to mainmast []
    • See also citations under tafferel.
  3. (nautical) The deck area at the stern of a vessel.

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