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Old 04-01-2012, 16:18   #1
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Samson post(s) or knightheads

What is the correct terminology for the upright structures on the bow that straddle the bowsprit. Mine also has a 1.24" diameter solid stainless bar spanning horizontally from the port to starboard for belaying or mooring purposes. Thank you
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Old 04-01-2012, 16:32   #2
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Re: Samson post(s) or knightheads

If the posts don't meet the keel then I believe that they are called Sampson posts.

"Sampson post - A strong vertical post used to support a ship's windlass and the heel of a ship's bowsprit."

"knighthead (plural knightheads)
1. A mitred backing timber which extends the after line of the rabbet in the stem to give extra support to the ends of the planks and the bowsprit.
2. A bollard or bitt.
3. Either of two timbers rising from the keel of a sailing ship and supporting the inner end of the bowsprit."
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, edelweiss.
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Thanks to you both
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