One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The parts of a ship that are above the water when it is fully laden.
- ‘The ship's stern and upper works, together with all her guns, had evidently been ripped away by the powerful currents which run through the Sound.’
- ‘The upper works are protected from shards of ice by a substantial ledge projecting round the top of the hull.’
- ‘The deck and upper works of older ships were often built of wood over a steel frame.’
- ‘Here it is more broken, with most of the upper works gone and the diesel engine exposed.’
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