6. Nautical The immersed part of a ship’s hull forward of the middle body.
SHIPS AT PORTSMOUTH.
MOST OF MY ANCESTORS SAILED OUT HERE. IN THE 19TH CENTURY. MAYBE THEY KNEW PRECISELY WHAT THE ‘ENTRANCE’ OF THE SHIP WAS. AND MAYBE NOT – DUE TO BEING CONVICTS AND ASSISTED EMIGRANTS.
I have no idea what this definition means. I found a site “Dictionary of Ship Hydrodynamics” but I still don’t know what it means, precisely.
Entrance, length of, (LE): the portion ex-tending from the maximum area section, or from the fore end of the parallel middle-body, to the forward extremity of the under-water body.
It seems the least interesting aspect of ENTRANCES so far but that can’t quite be correct because ships are intriguing and so are oceans and seas and voyages. I shall see what more comes up and allow myself to explore ships in general- specially the ships of the 18-19 and early 20 Century.
I have found a few other uses for the word ENTRANCE in association with ships and other affairs nautical.
The entrance through which you can pass when boarding a vessel
Breakerwater: wall built (1) to break the force of the sea to form a harbour, or (2) to confine a river entrance to maximise scour effect and reduce sandbank formation in the entrance.
Chops: the area where a channel meets the sea or tides converge to create an irregular sea. The “Chops of the Channel” was the western entrance of the English Channel (when approaching from the Atlantic).
NAUTICAL AUSSIE SITES
I fully give up on identifying the ENTRANCE as a body part of a ship and end up turning my attention to the river entrances of the Coast of NSW. From 1770 onwards, ships were sailing across the world looking for the ENTRANCES to the Coast down here. The Entrances were mainly into the Rivers and they were narrow and dangerous and variable. The History of NSW intrigues me. My Nana and Poppa Bell travelled up the Coast on the last of the Ships to do that route. By then, in the 20th Century, the ships were steamers and things were different – but I did want to travel like them. Trouble was, the ENTRANCES. It wasn’t that easy to find a river and then enter. The roads and the railway took over. There is magic in the River Mouths.