Parts Of A Ship

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

    All parts of a ship have different names, 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!

    The Keel

    A red keel at the bottom of a ship

    The Keel is a heavily reinforced spine which 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 on 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 on your basic understanding of ships.

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

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