The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help construct ships with its sheers (masts).
Keywordsship, crane, sailing, sail boat, vessel, mast, masts, sheer hulk, sheer-hulk, sheers, shear hulk, shear-hulk
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William Dwight Whitney The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1911)