A keel is a large beam around which the hull of a ship is built. The keel runs in the middle of the ship, from the bow to the stern. The word keel is also sometimes used to refer to a rigid, flat piece of material anchored to the lowest part of the hull and used to give the ship greater control and stability.
See also Leeboard , Bruce foil.
- A keel is also a flat-bottomed boat, particularly the ones used on the rivers Tyne and Wear.
- The actor who played Clayton Farlow in the TV series Dallas (1978-1991) was Howard Keel (1919-2004).
- There was also a heavy-metal band named Keel in the 1980s.