Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Careening, the operation of heaving a ship down so as to expose part of her bottom in order to enable it to be repaired, otherwise than in dock. The operation, which was effected by the application of a strong purchase to the ship's masts, has been, by the general introduction of coppered and steel or iron vessels, rendered almost obsolete. It was owing to her having been excessively heeled or careened that the Royal George foundered at Spithead in 1782. A ship is also said to careen when she heels over under the force of the wind.