At right angles to the fore and aft or centerline of a ship.


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POPPET

1. One of the timber and steel structures supporting the fore and aft ends of a ship for launching from sliding ways. 2. A spring-loaded ball engaging a notch; a ball latch.

AFT

Back of the vessel.

FANTAIL

The aft end of the ship, also known as the poop deck.

MIZZENMAST

The third mast, or mast aft of the mainmast, on a ship.

VESSEL SURGE

The vessel's transient motion in a fore and aft direction.

POOP DECK

The high deck on the aft superstructure of a ship.

MIZZEN

A three-masted vessel; aft sail of such a vessel

QUARTER

The sides of a boat aft of amidships.

AFTERGUARD

A crewmember who works the aft sails on the quarterdeck and poop deck

DECK SUPERVISOR

The person in charge of all evolutions and maintenance on deck; sometimes split into two groups: forward deck supervisor, aft deck supervisor.

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