The planking beyond a vessel over the sheer strake
- of Berth
- The planking away from a vessel, over the sheer strake.
(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Berth
- (n.) The planking outside a vessel, over the sheer strake.
Broad and of good depth right up to the banks, the river offers every convenience for the berthing and loading of ships, though a bar at its mouth, which prevents the passage of vessels drawing more than 12 ft., necessitates in the case of large ships a partial loading and unloading from lighters outside.