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


Related Terms

BANK EFFECT

The vessel's bow is pushed away from the nearest bank if a ship was approaching the bank at an angle.

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.

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