A vessel used for the transportation of passengers and cargo riding on a cushion of air formed under it. It is very maneuverable and is also amphibious.

Related Terms

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.

AIR COOLER

A factory-encased assembly of elements whereby the temperature of air passing through the device is reduced.

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.

AFFREIGHTMENT

A hiring of a vessel

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