The person, traditionally a woman, who christens a ship at its launching ceremony.


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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.

OCEANOGRAPHIC DREDGE

A device used aboard ship to bring up large samples of deposits and sediments from the ocean bottom.

MOLDED LINES

Full-size lines of a ship or airplane which are laid out in a mold loft.

LONGITUDINAL STABILITY

The ability of a ship or aircraft to recover a horizontal position after a vertical motion of its ends about a horizontal axis perpendicular to the centerline.

LAUNCHING

The act or process of floating a ship after only hull construction is completed; in some cases ships are not launched until after all construction is completed.

BUMPKIN

The spar projecting from stern of ship

TRAMP FREIGHTER

A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.

CORDAGE

Ropes in the rigging of a ship

WEATHER SIDE

The side of a ship exposed to the wind.

DOGWATCH

A short, evening period of watch duty on a ship

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