The central upright support at the stern of a boat, traditionally bearing the rudder.
- To this day, after she was brought down twice, once by a hurricane and the again by the failure of a few 50-cent pine dowels that served as stopwaters along the sternpost, I still struggle to keep my wooden boat afloat.
- The man is nearly swept off of the deck where he had been standing but gets wedged in between the sternpost and the rudder.
- The stern was thrown upward 20 feet, and the rudder and sternpost were torn out of her.
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