1) A flat-bottomed vessel, used on northern rivers in particular.

Early Yorkshire references include: 1464-5 ‘paid for one keel load of great timbers’, Hull

1475 pro una navi vocata Kele Willelmi Jonkyn xjd.

1484 rede heryng … rescewyd [received] at Cawod of a kele of William Handcok , York

1533 shypps and keylls freghtyd with merchundyses and vyttell , York

1572 it is agreed that there shall noo keles or catches lighe at the stathe except they have twoo good fendars of wood, York

1602 trafficked all summer in a keel with coals , Hull

1657 one quarter parte of one keelle called the Ann , Selby

1683 all that sixteenth parte of the keell knowen by the name Caire-for-all , Selby

c .1750 The Labouring people Digg their Turff ... and ... the Men Brings them in small Boats ... Down the Canals and Drains ... into the River Don ... and puts them on board Keels ... which Carry them to market , Thorne. Note: 1466-7 Navis Roberti Johnson vocata Antonykeele de Hull .

dates 1464-1465 1466-1467 1475 1484 1533 1572 1602 1657 1683 1750

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