Parts Of A Ship

Parts of A Ship



All parts of a ship have different names, and the names vary depending on what type of ship it is.

Knowing this information will help your understanding when reading about boats or watching Pirates of the Caribbean!

Here are the six main parts of a ship.

The Keel

A red keel at the bottom of a ship

The Keel is a heavily reinforced spine that runs along the bottom of the ship through the center.

The keel is the first section of a ship that is built since it serves as a foundation.

The framework for the hull – the body of the ship, is attached to the keel.

The Hull

The hull of a ship

The hull is the most visible part of a ship.

The hull provides shelter to everyone on board and makes the ship buoyant.

The Rudder

The wheel rudder on a ship

A rudder is what is used to steer the ship.

It is secured outside the hull at the back of the ship.

The Masts

Ship masks rising high in the sky

The masts of a sailing ship are normally tall and vertical; these are here to support the sails.

Larger ships have a number of masts.

Each mast is named differently, for example, the “Main mast” and “Foremast.”

The Forepeak

The narrow end of the boat known as the forepeak

The Forepeak is the part of the hold (the space below the lowermost deck of a ship), which is nearest the front of the ship, at the ship’s narrowest section.

The Jibboom

A picture of the jibboom and a boat in the distance

A Jibboom is a metal rod that supports the head sail of a ship which makes it sail more easily.

I hope this has helped you with your basic understanding of ships.

Please feel free to share any other information about parts of ships you may know.

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Luke Ward
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