Navigational instrument showing the direction of the vessel in relation to the Earth's geographical poles or magnetic poles. Commonly consists of a magnet aligned with the Earth's magnetic field, but other technologies have also been developed, such as the gyrocompass.

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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

UPBOUND

A vessel traveling upstream.

BEAM

The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

BREADTH

The width of a ship.

AFFREIGHTMENT

A hiring of a vessel

AMMETER

An instrument for measuring the magnitude of electric current flow.

HYDROMETER

An instrument for determining either the specific gravity of a liquid or the API gravity.

CATAMARAN

A double hulled vessel

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