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One of the curved timbers that forms a rib in the frame of a ship.

[Middle English fottek, perhaps alteration of fothok : fot, foot; see foot + hok, hook; see hook.]
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(Nautical Terms) nautical one of the ribs in the frame of a wooden vessel
[C13: perhaps variant of foothook]
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(ˈfʌt ək)

any of the timbers forming the lower portion of the frame in a wooden hull.
[1605–15; perhaps alter. of foothook]
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allonge de barre
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Scattered futtocks and floor timbers, visible at the surface of the sea-floor sediments and detached from the main vestige, provided some clues to the wreck event.
While the Isle aux Morts report contains no architectural clues to the wreck's origin or date, the observation of detached and isolated floor timbers and futtocks may be a sign of the characteristic "floating futtock" frame structure of the San Juan and other Iberian wrecks of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries (Grenier et al., 2007; Oertling, 2001).
For the hulls of ships, for keels, futtock--and top-timbers, and any other kinds of futtocks, breasthooks, puercas, transoms, llaves, and rudders, all sorts of good timber can be found easily.
LEONARD, Md.AuOnce, this was a stout ship, with oak futtocks and floor timbers, fastened with iron nails, built with saw and adz and the calloused hands of shipwrights now long dead.
It tells the story of the craftsmen who built and equipped the ship and superbly captures the world of futtocks, scuppers, topsails and orlop decks.
QUESTION 8 - for 8 points: What are known on a sailing ship as the futtocks?
39 Where would you expect to find timbers known as futtocks?
The eight-strong team, known as the Grunt Futtocks, after a famous Kenneth Williams sketch, set off on the 17 day, 300 mile trek, from Southport to Portsmouth, on Monday.
``We are really grateful to The Grunt Futtocks for their support.''
These were fitted in their place by means of augers, and they held the futtocks together.
If these ships were sheathed, the protective metal would have been copper rather than lead (coppering was introduced in the 1760's in the British and French navies), but the tiles were still customarily mounted over tar-impregnated cloth covering the hull.(5) In large ships the frames were often built of paired long and short floors and paired overlapping futtocks.(6) These pre-erected frames were thus built up of relatively short timbers solidly joined to each other.
How it's used: Treenails hold together many of the ship's wooden parts, such as the exterior planking to the ribs, or futtocks.