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The foremost main transverse watertight bulkhead designed to keep water out of the forward hold in case of bow collision damage.

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TRAILBOARD

A decorative board at the bow of a vessel, sometimes bearing the vessel's name.

AHEAD

Forward of the bow.

ANCHOR WINCH

A horizontal capstan in the bow used for weighing anchor.

ROUND TO

To turn the bow of a vessel into the wind.

HEAD RAIL

A curved rail that extends from the figurehead to the bow of a ship.

HEADING

The direction a ship's bow is pointing.

FIGUREHEAD

The ornament or (usually female) bust attached to the bow of a ship

BOWSPRIT

The spar that extends at bows of a ship

WHISKER

A spreader from the bows to spread the bowsprit shrouds.

BOWER

The anchor carried at bow of a ship
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