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Historically a fine lined French twin masted square rigged vessel or a British flush single gun deck warship. Now a fast naval escort vessel.

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  1. Up through the 19th century, a deck aboard a ship that was primarily used for the mounting of cannon to be fired in broadsides.
  2. On smaller vessels (of frigate size or smaller) up through the 19th century, the completely covered level under the upper deck, even though in such smaller ships it carried none of the ship's guns.
  3. On marine seismic survey vessels, the lowest deck on the ship, which carries the seismic source arrays, consisting of air guns arranged in clusters.
  4. In naval slang, to fabricate or falsify something; in modern usage, meaning especially to falsify documentation in order to avoid doing work or make present conditions seem acceptable without having made a real effort to improve them.


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


A naval sailing vessel having the tactical advantage over another by being in a position to windward.


To start with the helicopter from a vessel ́s deck


(FCL) - a container stuffed or stripped under risk and for account of the shipper and/or the consignee. A general reference for identifying container loads of cargo loaded and/or discharged at merchants' premises. A vessel specially designed to carry containers, with cell-guides under deck and necessary fittings and equipment on deck.


Public address system: Loudspeakers in the vessel ́s cabins, mess rooms, etc., and on deck via which important information can bbroadcast from a central point, mostly from the navigation bridge


The longitudinal curve of a vessel's decks in a vertical plane. Due to sheer, a vessel's deck height above the baseline is higher at the stem and stern than at amidships


To secure a vessel in a particular place by means of chains or ropes made fast to the shore, to anchors, or to anchored mooring buoys, or to ride with both anchors down


The vertical distance from the molded baseline to the top of the freeboard deck beam at side, measured at midlength of the ship


Opening in the deck of a vessel through which cargo is loaded into, or discharged from the hold and which is closed by means of a hatch cover.

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