Sailor Speak of the Week – Gunwale

The gunwale of a vessel.



  • The upper edge on the side of a vessel.


15th century.


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.


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

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