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Steffy: The forwardmost frame timbers, which ran parallel to the stem, their heels being fayed to the forwardmost cant frames and their heads extending above deck level to form bitts that supported the bowsprit between them. Also, a name given to a pair of bitts, located just aft of the foremast on merchant ships, that supported the ends of the windlass, or to any bitt whose upper end was carved in the shape of a human head.

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