Poop deck

Poop deck

In naval architecture, a poop deck is a deck that constitutes the roof of a cabin built in the aft (rear) part of the superstructure of a ship. The fantail is an overhang at the extreme rear of the ship, aft of the poop deck and closer to level with the main deck. [cite web |url=http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=fantail |title=Wordnet - Fantail |accessdate=2008-05-02] [cite web |url=http://members.tripod.com/~ussoregon/NavalGlossary.html |title=Naval Glossary |accessdate=2008-05-02] The name originates from the French word ("la poupe") [This is itself derived from the Latin word puppis, the stern of the Argo Navis] for stern. This makes the poop deck technically called a stern deck, which in sailing ships was usually elevated as the roof of the stern (or 'after') cabin. In sailing ships, with the helmsman at the stern, an elevated position was ideal for both navigation and observation of the crew and sails.

The picture shows the stern of the ship. The deck out of view above the after cabin is the poop deck. On modern, motorized warships, the ship functions which were once carried out on the poop deck are moved to the superstructure in the center of the ship (or the island on the starboard side, in the case of aircraft carriers).

In nautical parlance, "to be pooped" means to have a wave come over the stern from abaft.


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  • Poop deck — Deck Deck, n. [D. dek. See {Deck}, v.] 1. The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only one deck; larger ships have two or three decks. [1913 Webster] Note: The following are the more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poop deck — poop′ deck n. naut. navig. a weather deck on top of a poop • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • poop deck — n the floor on the raised part at the back of an old sailing ship …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • poop deck — a weather deck on top of a poop. See illus. under quarterdeck. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • poop deck — noun an exposed partial weather deck on the stern superstructure of a ship • Hypernyms: ↑weather deck, ↑shelter deck …   Useful english dictionary

  • poop deck — outermost deck, outside deck …   English contemporary dictionary

  • poop deck — /ˈpup dɛk/ (say poohp dek) noun a raised deck built on the stern of a ship above the main deck …   Australian-English dictionary

  • poop deck — noun Date: 1815 a partial deck above a ship s main afterdeck …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • poop deck — noun A high, exposed deck at the stern of a ship, with cabins below …   Wiktionary

  • poop deck — noun (C) the floor on the raised part at the back of an old sailing ship …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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