The decks at the sheer that are designed to be watertight.

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A diagram showing an elevation of the ship's sheer viewed from the broadside.


1. An elevated structure extending across or over the weather deck of a vessel, or part of such a structure. The term is sometimes modified to indicate the intended use, such as navigating bridge or signal bridge. 2. A structure erected over a depression or an obstacle such as a body of water, railroad, etc. to provide a roadway for vehicles or pedestrians.


The effect on a ship underway in shallow water which tends to reduce her speed, make her slow in answering the helm, and often make her sheer off course. The speed reduction is largely due to increased wave making resistance resulting from higher pressure differences due to restriction of flow around the hull. The increased velocity of the water flowing past the hull results in an increase in squat. Also called SMELL THE BOTTOM.


The longitudinal curve of a vessel's decks in a vertical plane. Due to sheer, a vessel's deck height above the baseline is higher at the stem and stern than at amidships


Fore-and-aft vertical plating immediately above the upper edge of the sheer strake


Plates fitted on a forward weather deck to form a V-shaped shield against water that is shipped over the bow


Uppermost continuous deck and having no overhead protection having watertight openings


A heavy smooth-surfaced fitting usually located near the edge of the weather deck through which wire ropes or fiber hawsers may be led, usually to piers


A discontinuation of a sheer line, for instance the break of poop or forecastle profile being higher than the waist's deck line.


A decorative incision along the sheer of a vessel often picked out in gold or another contrasting colour.

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