Any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another, including general cargo ships (designed to carry break bulk cargo), bulk carriers, container ships, multipurpose vessels, and tankers. Tankers, however, although technically cargo ships, are routinely thought of as constituting a completely separate category.

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AFT

Back of the vessel.

ASTERN

A backward movement of a vessel

ATHWARTSHIP

Across the ship, at right angles to the fore-and-aft centerline

BULK CARGO

Cargo such as oil, coal, ore, woodchips, etc. not shipped in bags or containers

UPBOUND

A vessel traveling upstream.

BUMPKIN

The spar projecting from stern of ship

BEAM

The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

BREADTH

The width of a ship.

TRAMP FREIGHTER

A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.

TRAMP FREIGHTER

A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.

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