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the area between the water lines of a ship when fully loaded and when unloaded.
a distinctive band of paint covering this area.
Historical Examples

Young Wild West at “Forbidden Pass” An Old Scout
Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
Waring’s Peril Charles King
On a Donkey’s Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
Three Times and Out Nellie L. McClung
Astounding Stories, March, 1931 Various
The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Jr. David Cory
Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin


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