In appearance from the vantage point of a lookout or other person viewing activity in the vicinity of a ship, e.g., another ship off the starboard bow with her side facing the viewer's ship could be described as 'broad on the starboard bow' of the viewer's ship.

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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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