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Parts of boats and ships

aft

adjective, adverb

in or toward the back part of a ship or airplane

amidships

adverb

in the middle part of a ship

bay

noun

an area in an airplane or a ship that is used for carrying goods or equipment

beam

noun

the widest part of a ship from one side to the other

berth

noun

a bed on a train or ship

bilge

noun

the bottom part of a boat

blade

noun

one of the flat parts of a propeller that spins around and pushes a boat or airplane forward

boom

noun

a long pole fixed to the bottom of a boat’s sail, that is used for changing the direction of the sail

bow

noun

the front part of a ship

bowsprit

noun

a long pole that sticks out from the front of a ship

bridge

noun

the part of a ship from which it is controlled

brig

noun

a place on a ship where prisoners are kept

bulwarks

noun

the sides of a ship above the deck

cabin

noun

a private room on a ship for a passenger or one of the people working on the ship

capstan

noun

a round piece of equipment that you turn to wind a heavy rope, especially on a ship or at a port

catapult

noun

a piece of equipment on a ship used for sending aircraft into the air

cleat

noun

a metal object that you tie a rope around in order to fasten something in place, especially on a ship

cockpit

noun

the part of a boat where the controls are

conning tower

noun

the part on top of a submarine from which the periscope sticks out

crow’s nest

noun

a place near the top of a ship’s mast where a sailor stands to look out over the ocean

deck

noun

the outside top part of a ship that you can walk on

deck

noun

one of the levels on a ship, train, or stadium

escape hatch

noun

a small door for escaping from a ship, aircraft, or submarine in an emergency

fender

noun

a piece of rope or a tire that protects the side of a boat from knocks

figurehead

noun

a wooden model of a person attached to the front of an old-fashioned ship

flight deck

noun

the open area on a large ship where aircraft can take off and land

fo’c’sle

noun

a forecastle

forecastle

noun

the front part of a ship

funnel

noun

a tube that lets out smoke and steam from the engine of a boat or old-fashioned train

galley

noun

the kitchen on a boat or airplane

gangplank

noun

a long narrow board that you put between a boat and the land, or between two boats, so that you can walk across

gangway

noun

a flat board or metal structure that can be put in place between a ship and land to let people get off or on the ship

gunnel

noun

a gunwale

gunwale

noun

the upper edge of the side of a boat or ship

hawser

noun

a heavy cable or rope that is used for tying up or pulling a ship

helm

noun

a wheel or handle used for making a boat go in the direction you want

hold

noun

the area in an airplane or ship that is used for goods, vehicles, or suitcases

hull

noun

the part of a ship or boat that floats on the water. The front part is called the bow and the back part is called the stern.

hydrofoil

noun

one of the wing-shaped pieces attached to the bottom of a hydrofoil

jib

noun

a small triangular sail near the front of a boat

keel

noun

a long thin piece of wood or metal along the bottom of a boat that helps it to balance in the water

lanyard

noun

a short rope used on ships for fastening things such as the sails

mainsail

noun

the largest sail on a ship

mast

noun

a tall pole that the sails hang from on a ship

masthead

noun

the top of the mast (=tall pole) on a boat or ship

mizzen

noun

the sail behind the main sail on a ship

mizzen

noun

the mast that holds the mizzen sail

muster station

noun

a place, especially on a ship, where people should gather if there is an emergency

oakum

noun

small pieces of old rope used in the past for filling holes in the sides of ships

oarlock

noun

the piece of metal that holds the oar of a boat

outrigger

noun

something that sticks out from the side of a boat and helps it to float

paddle

noun

one of the long flat boards that are joined together in the shape of a wheel, used for moving a paddle boat through the water

painter

noun

a rope attached to the front of a boat and used for tying it to something such as a post

poop

noun

the higher part at the back of an old sailing ship

port

noun

the side of a ship or airplane that is on your left when you are looking forward. The part that is on your right is starboard.

porthole

noun

a small window in the side of a ship or airplane

promenade deck

noun

the upper area of a ship where people walk for pleasure

propeller

noun

a piece of equipment with blades that spin, used for moving a ship or aircraft

prow

noun

the front of a ship or boat

quarterdeck

noun

the back part of a ship’s upper deck, where the officers often live

rigging

noun

the ropes and chains used for supporting a ship’s sails and masts

rudder

noun

a flat piece of wood or other material at the back of a boat or airplane that is moved to change the direction of travel

sail

noun

a large piece of strong cloth attached to a tall pole on a boat, used for catching wind to move the boat across water

saloon

noun

a big room on a ship where passengers can sit together and talk, play games, etc.

sheet

noun

on a sailboat, the rope that is used for controlling the sail

sickbay

noun

a room where sick people go to rest and get medical treatment on a ship

side

noun

the edge of a boat

spar

noun

a thick strong pole that supports something such as the sails on a boat or the wings of an airplane

spinnaker

noun

an extra sail sometimes put on the front of a boat used for racing

starboard

noun

the right side of a ship, as seen by someone who is looking toward the front. The left side is called port.

steerage

noun

in the past, the part of a passenger ship in which people who had the most inexpensive tickets traveled

stern

noun

the back part of a ship. The front of a ship is called the bow.

stowage

noun

space for storing things in a boat or vehicle

sun deck

noun

an open area on a ship where you can enjoy the sun

superstructure

noun

the part of a ship that is above the main deck

thwart

noun

a seat across the middle of a rowboat

tiller

noun

a long handle at the back of a boat that is used for controlling the direction that the boat moves in

topside

adjective, adverb

on or relating to the deck of a ship

turret

noun

a high part on a military ship or vehicle where guns are attached. You can turn it in order to shoot the guns in any direction.

waist

noun

the central part of a ship or an airplane

wardroom

noun

a room on a warship used by all the officers except for the captain

waterline

noun

the highest point where water touches the side of a boat

wheelhouse

noun

a small room on a boat where the wheel and other controls are

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