Sailor Speak of the Week – Amidships



  • The center or central portion of a vessel.
  • Referring to on the centerline of a vessel.


Probably earlier than the 17th century. From German and Dutch. In Dutch, known as midscheeps, of same meaning.


Something of a vague term, but generally anywhere around the lateral and longitudinal centerlines of the vessel. Usually between the bow and stern areas and between the port/starboard bow and quarters.


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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