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When the stern is lower in the water than her bow.

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BUMPKIN

The spar projecting from stern of ship

ABAFT

Toward the stern, relative to some object ('abaft the fore hatch').

PITCHPOLE

To capsize a boat stern over bow, rather than by rolling over.

TAFFRAIL

The rail at the stern of the boat that covers the head of the counter timbers.

COG

A single-masted, square-sailed ship with raised stern

SPANKER

A sail on the mast nearest the stern of a square-rigged ship

ESCUTCHEON

The part of ship's stern where name is displayed

TUCK

The part of ship where ends of lower planks meet under the stern

COUNTER

The part of the stern above the waterline that extends beyond the rudder stock culminating in a small transom. A long counter increases the waterline length when the boat is heeled, so increasing hull speed.

LAZARETTE

A storage space in a boat's stern area.
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