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(n.) The upper edge of a vessel's or boat's side; the uppermost wale of a ship (not including the bulwarks); or that piece of timber which reaches on either side from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, being the uppermost bend, which finishes the upper works of the hull.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Unwale'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/u/unwale.html. 1828.