The owners of a ship are entitled to payment as freight for merchandise returned through the fault of either the consignees or the consignors. Such payment, which is over and above the normal freight, is called backfreight.


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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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