- 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.