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RMS Olympic lifeboat

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Yesterday, I came upon a couple of photos of one of RMS Olympic's lifeboats, taken around the time of her scrapping in the mid-30s.

On the top seven strakes are these faired filling pieces stretching along the centre half of the hull. Does anyone know their function and what they are called?




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You also have to remember that they had to take into acount lowering boats against a heavy list.  Without the fairing, it would be easy for the lifeboat planking edges to get 'hung up' on a plate edge on the ship.



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