Sailor Speak of the Week – Gunwale

The gunwale of a vessel.

Definition

Noun

  • The upper edge on the side of a vessel.

Origin

15th century.

Comments

Also spelled gunnel. The term has changed over the years as the design of vessels has changed. It was previously the top of the bulwark structure.

References

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

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