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 for Stern sheets
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stern \Stern\, a.
     Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.
     [1913 Webster]
     Stern board (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of
        way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See
        Board, n., 8
     (b) .
     Stern chase. (Naut.)
     (a) See under Chase, n.
     (b) A stern chaser.
     Stern chaser (Naut.), a cannon placed in a ship's stern,
        pointing backward, and intended to annoy a ship that is in
     Stern fast (Naut.), a rope used to confine the stern of a
        ship or other vessel, as to a wharf or buoy.
     Stern frame (Naut.), the framework of timber forms the
        stern of a ship.
     Stern knee. See Sternson.
     Stern port (Naut.), a port, or opening, in the stern of a
     Stern sheets (Naut.), that part of an open boat which is
        between the stern and the aftmost seat of the rowers, --
        usually furnished with seats for passengers.
     Stern wheel, a paddle wheel attached to the stern of the
        steamboat which it propels.
        [1913 Webster]

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