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The location from which the vseesl is controled.

On mechanically propelled vessels this usually is an elevated platform running Athwartships or may take the shape of a wheelhouse. Typically it is designed to afford a full view of shipboard activities and permit safe Navigation and lookout.

In earlier vessels the Bridge would have been protected by a canvas dodger, and in hot weather an Awning. The Binnacle or main navigational cumpass is typically situated in the Bridge area.

The term derives from the early days of powered vessels that had 2 paddelwheels situated on either side of the Hull. The platform between them being known as a Bridge gave such a good all-round view it replaces the traditional quarterdeck in the waist of the vessel as the ideal location from which to control the vessel.
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