stern sheets

stern sheets

pl.n. Nautical
The stern area of an open boat.

stern sheets

pl n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical the part of an open boat near the stern

stern′ sheets`



n.pl.
the after part of an open boat.
[1475–85]
References in classic literature ?
She was heavily laden, and I could make out as she drew nearer Montgomery's white-haired, broad-shouldered companion sitting cramped up with the dogs and several packing-cases in the stern sheets.
Van Horn's rifle lay handy in the stern sheets where he stood near Tambi, who steered with a long sweep.
In a pirate, man-of-war, or slave ship, when the captain is rowed anywhere in his boat, he always sits in the stern sheets on a comfortable, sometimes cushioned seat there, and often steers himself with a pretty little milliner's tiller decorated with gay cords and ribbons.
They took the oars, while in the stern sheets, at the steering sweep, stood a young man garbed in the tropic white that marks the European.
It was the OROHENA, owned by Toriki, the half-caste trader, who served as his own supercargo and who doubtlessly was even then in the stern sheets of the boat.
In the stern sheets, encouraging the rowers, was Raoul.
The young sailor jumped into the skiff, and sat down in the stern sheets, with the order that he be put ashore at La Canebiere.