On This Day: 27 October 1707

On this day in 1707, Thomas Bowrey paid Joseph Wade for the carving work on Bowrey’s yacht.

The Duck was Bowrey’s pleasure craft. He used it for short trips and for writing sailing directions in the Thames Estuary and around the east coast of England. Wade had spent two days carving the gunnels, gunwales or gunwalls, the wood along the upper edge of the yacht.  Longer was spent carving the toferell.

I am struggling to work out what the toferell was. The closest work seems to be ferrule but this was a metal band or cap to strengthen something. There is a huge number of specialist nautical terms but, having studied many labelled diagrams of boats, I am no closer to deciphering this term. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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