Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Stem: The foremost timber forming the bow of a vessel.

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Stem-head: The top or highest and forward most point of the stem. Sometimes a carved figure such as a lion was located right on-top of the stem-head. The English vessel Prince of 1670 had a lion located on top of the stem-head which was possible since her bowsprit was offset from center. After 1700 it became the norm for the bowsprit to be centered on and thus be supported by the stem.

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