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The middle portion of a ship

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PLIMSOLL LINE

A special marking, positioned amidships, that indicates the draft of the vessel and the legal limit to which the vessel may be loaded for specific water types and temperatures.

SHEER

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

PARALLEL 
MIDDLE BODY

The amidships portion of a ship in which the contour of the underwater hull form is unchanged

PARALLELS

1. Spacers located between steam plate and press platen of the mold to prevent bending of the middle section. 2. Spacers or pressure pods located between steam plates of a mold to regulate height and prevent crushing of mold parts.

CHINE

The intersection of the middle and sides of a boat

INTERMEDIATE LIGHT

The middle light of the three-light range

JET STREAM

Relatively strong winds (50 knots or greater) concentrated in a narrow stream in the atmosphere. It usually refers only to a quasi- horizontal stream of maximum winds imbedded in the middle latitude westerlies, and concentrated in the high troposphere.

BUNTLINE

A rope attached to middle of square sail to haul it up to the yard

MIDSHIPS

The middle section of a vessel with reference to the longitudinal plane, as distinguished from fore or aft.

MIDDLES

The middle brails on the mainsail, higher than the lowers, and lower than the mains.

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