Glossary

Using reference material, this glossary has been designed to provide you with a basic explanation or definition of each of the terms provided.  This glossary will be constantly updated so please contact us, if you would like us to comment of any of the terminology used.

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wale
a strake thicker than the others
wall sided
the vertical rising of a vessel’s sides
warp
a rope or hawser used to secure a vessel alongside or to tow a fishing net
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
warship
ship that is built and primarily intended for war
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
wash plates
plates fitted vertically between the floors about half way beteeen the middle line and the bilge to check the wash of water in the bilges when the vessel rolls
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
washstrake
in Admiralty cutters the washstrake is an integral part of the boat, mounted above the gunwhale
Source: Admiralty Manual od Seanmanship 1937
water carrier
small vessel used to carry fresh water to ships at anchor or in harbour
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
water taxi
craft available for public hire for short journeys
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
water way
gutter along the side of the deck, forming a channel for water to run off into the scuppers
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
waterway
a channel along the outer edge of a deck adjacent to the bulwarks down which excess water will run towards the scuppers
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
weather deck
any uncovered deck which is not protected from the weather or the sea
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
web frame
extra strong frame composed of plates and bars fitted between every fifth and sixth frame. the spacing of web frames depends on the position of th ship. They never fall between existing frmaes, but replace a normal frame. They maybe spaced closer together than the normal frame spacing
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail and Practical Shipbuilding
wedge
a wedge shaped timber employed towards the stern between the hog and keel to raise the hog and thereby avoid a tuck in the transom
well
enclosed space in the bottom of the ship containing the pumps
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
well deck
any portion of an upper deck which is bounded fore and aft by bulkheads carring a higher deck
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
whale catcher
craft employed to harpoon whales and bring them in to be processed
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
whale processing ship
ship used to process whales into saleable products
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
whaler
any vessel involved in the catching or transportation of whales
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
wheel house
construction built around the steering wheel to protect the helmsman from the weather
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
wherry
decked sailing vessel of shallow draft
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
winch
a hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope or chain winding round a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or a motor
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
windlass
lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
wing transom
a transom fastened across the inside of the sternpost resting on the head of the inner post forming the foundation of a counter stern

keel bar:

metal bar forming the keel of a metal vessel