A timber or rib of a ship, running from the keel to the side rail. A ship's frames form the shape of the hull and provide the skeleton on which the hull planking or plating is secured. In a wooden ship the frames are built up of sections called futtocks; in steel ships they are normally of angle iron bent to the desired shape. A ship with its frames set up and ready for planning or plating is said to be ‘in frame’. For illus.
Subjects: Maritime History.