1. Waterway, a navigable body of water. 2. A strake of timber laid against the frames or bulwark stanchions at the margin of a laid wooden deck, usually about twice the thickness of the deck planking.

Related Terms

FREEBOARD DECK

Deck to which freeboard is measured

TWEEN DECK

The space between any two adjacent decks

THIN FILM LUBRICATION

A condition of lubrication in which the film thickness of the lubricant is such that the friction between the surfaces is determined by the properties of the surfaces as well as by the viscosity of the lubricant.

ICE RIND

A brittle shiny crust of ice formed on a quiet surface by direct freezing or from grease ice, usually in water of low salinity. Of thickness to about 5 centimeters, ice rind is easily broken by wind or swell, commonly breaking into rectangular pieces.

ICE BRIDGE

1. Surface river ice of sufficient thickness to impede or prevent navigation. 2. An area of fast ice between the mainland and nearby inhabited islands used in winter as a means of travel

ICE ISLAND

A large piece of floating ice showing about 5 meters above the sea surface, which has broken away from an ice shelf, having a thickness of 30 to 50 meters and an area of from a few thousand square meters to l50 square nautical miles or more; usually characterized by a regularly undulating surface which gives it a ribbed appearance from the air.

FLUSH DECK

The upper deck of a vessel that extends unbroken from stem to stern.

BLOCKSHIP

A vessel sunk deliberately to block a waterway to prevent the waterwayʹs use by an enemy.

BEAR

Large squared off stone used with sand for scraping clean wooden decks.

BELOW DECKS

In or into any of the spaces below the main deck of a vessel.

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