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A compartment immediately forward of the stern post usually below the load water line.

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FORWARD

The front part of a ship.

AHEAD

Forward of the bow.

CUTWATER

The forward curve of the stem of a ship

HEADSAIL

The sail set forward of the foremast of a ship.

TOWING

The operation of drawing a vessel forward by means of long lines.

DECK SUPERVISOR

The person in charge of all evolutions and maintenance on deck; sometimes split into two groups: forward deck supervisor, aft deck supervisor.

CHASE PIECE

A cannon pointing forward or aft, often of longer range than other guns. Those on the bow (bow chaser) were used to fire upon a ship ahead, while those on the rear (stern chaser) were used to ward off pursuing vessels. Unlike guns pointing to the side, chasers could be brought to bear in a chase without slowing.

IN STAYS

When a sailing vessel has lost its forward momentum while heading into the wind, rendering it unable to steer.

LPP

The length of a vessel along the waterline from the forward surface of the stem, or main bow perpendicular member, to the after surface of the sternpost, or main stern perpendicular member. Believed to give a reasonable idea of the vessel's carrying capacity, as it excludes the small, often unusable volume contained in her overhanging ends.

LENGTH BPP

The length of a vessel along the waterline from the forward surface of the stem, or main bow perpendicular member, to the after surface of the sternpost, or main stern perpendicular member. Believed to give a reasonable idea of the vessel's carrying capacity, as it excludes the small, often unusable volume contained in her overhanging ends.
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