Bow (prow) – concept, types, short history

The word prow comes from the Latin ” prora”. “Bow” comes from the German “bogen” or Dutch “boog”, imported in Old English as “boga” or “bugan”, meaning “to bend”, “bent”. The bow is that front part of a boat, that means that as the boat advances, it is in charge of cutting the waters and facilitating movement where there are various components that are part of the bow, such as the stem, the bow and the marks indicating the waterline.

The structure is formed by a series of ribs known as frames and by different plates called partition of boards where the interior of the boat is divided into a compartment.

The bow can withstand various types of shocks and have the eventual entry of water guaranteeing safety.

Over time, numerous types of bow have been developed with different designs that comply with the engineering knowledge of each era, due to the specific needs of the boat and the available materials.

And among these different types of bow we can mention: the spur bow, straight, bulb, inverted, thrown, trawler, etc.

The prow spur is known in nautical as an extension of a warrior ship that goes below the waterline used to ram and eventually sink other vessels that was used during ancient times and was an important part of the Phoenician, Greek galleys and Roman.

The thrown bow is the one that is repeated a lot in the fishing boats and a union of the straight bow is used in the live work and thrown in the dead work.

The straight bow is the one used by all sailboats at the time of fighting or rivalry and cuts through the water with low resistance and gives the sailboat a more aerodynamic appearance.