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The sternpost consist of eight pieces. Three strakes of oak, known as hood ends, on either side of two posts. These hood ends, carved from a rectangular block of oak, are hooked and the sheerstrakes rise vertically to terminate against the sternpost. Sometimes the sternpost was adorned with a figurehead in a similar manner to the stempost.

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Medieval Shipping
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