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{{dablink|For other meanings, see Stern (disambiguation).} Stern may mean: in English stern –adjective, -er, -est. ...

The transom of the Soleil Royal, by Jean Bérain the Elder.
The transom of the Soleil Royal, by Jean Bérain the Elder.

The stern is the rear or aft part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter to the taffrail. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (810x1218, 286 KB) Poupe du Soleil Royal (1670), par Jean Bérain (Saint-Mihiel, 1639 - Paris, 1711). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (810x1218, 286 KB) Poupe du Soleil Royal (1670), par Jean Bérain (Saint-Mihiel, 1639 - Paris, 1711). ... The Soleil Royal (Royal Sun) was a French 104-gun ship of the line, flagship of Admiral Tourville. ... Jean Bérain the Elder (born 1638 or 1639 in Saint Mihiel (Meuse); died January 24, 1711 in Paris) was a Belgian draughtsman and designer, painter and engraver of ornament. ... For other uses, see Ship (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ... A sternpost is the upright structural member or post at the stern of a (generally wooden) ship or a boat, to which is attached the transoms and the rearmost part of the keel. ... In general, a counter is a device which stores (and sometimes displays) the number of times a particular event or process has occurred, often in relationship to a clock signal. ... A Taffrail is the railing around the stern of a ship which is often ornately carved. ...

The stern area has always been the location near the steering apparatus (rudder, tiller, ship's wheel, etc), and by extension became the domain of the ship's captain and other officers. In particular, the stern was the location of the officers' quarters, and during the age of sail became the most opulent part of the ship, with rows of windows, galleries, walkways, and elaborate decorations. This resulted in a certain amount of vulnerability, and the goal of much maneuvering in battle was to achieve the stern rake, in which a ship would pour its entire broadside into the stern. Stern-mounted steering oar of an Egyptian riverboat depicted in the Tomb of Menna (c. ... A tiller or till is a lever attached to a rudder post (American terminology) or rudder stock (English terminology) of a boat in order to provide the leverage for the helmsman to turn the rudder. ... Wheel of the French carrier Clémenceau. ... Captain is a rank or title with various meanings. ... The age of sail is the period in which international trade and naval warfare were both dominated by sailing ships. ... A balcony comprising a balustrade supported at either end by plinths. ... A skyway is a path that is traversed without touching the ground. ... French frigate Poursuivante firing raking fire on a British ship of line In naval warfare, raking fire is fire along the long axis of an enemy ship. ... USS Iowa Broadside (1984) A broadside is the side of a ship; the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their simultaneous (or near simultaneous) fire in naval warfare. ...

Other features of the stern included lanterns and the ensign. For other uses, see Lantern (disambiguation). ... Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy. ...

In the early part of the 19th century, the stern of larger ships became gradually more rounded, and with the advent of screw-powered vessels, the stern became the location of the equipment, the officers moving elsewhere, though British ships still contained an Admiral's sternwalk until well into the twentieth century. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Propeller (disambiguation). ...

In modern cruise ships, the stern is frequently the location of the dining room, so as to provide uninterrupted views of the sea. A cruise ship or a cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ships amenities are considered an essential part of the experience. ... The dining room at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England A dining room is a room for consuming food. ...

Modern warships

In modern warships, particularly cruisers and destroyers, the stern is usually where the helicopter pad is located. The stern tends to be lower set when compared to other parts of the ship, and may contain a large caliber gun mount or missile magazines. Aircraft carriers typically use the deck space in the stern part of the ship for the recovery of incoming aircraft. Aircraft carriers may have aircraft elevators in the stern area to prevent interference of flight operations, which are launched from the bow. For submarines, both fast attack and ballistic missile, the stern is generally the location of the engine room and the motor room, if the submarine has one. If the submarine runs on nuclear power the stern may contain a heat exchanger and other parts associated with a nuclear reactor. the stern likes guys a whole lot... USS Port Royal (CG-73), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser (really an uprated guided missile destroyer), launched in 1992. ... USS McFaul underway in the Atlantic Ocean. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile of the German Luftwaffe A cruise missile is a guided missile which carries an explosive payload and uses a lifting wing and a propulsion system, usually a jet engine, to allow sustained flight; it is essentially a flying bomb. ... A 30-round STANAG magazine. ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and in most cases recover aircraft, acting as a sea... Bow of the Cruise ship Spirit of Endeavour The bows of lifeboat 17-31 (Severn class) in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England The bow (pronounced to rhyme with how) is a nautical term that refers to the forward part of the hull of a ship or boat, the point that is... For other uses, see Submarine (disambiguation). ... This article is about applications of nuclear fission reactors as power sources. ...

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