is the very most forward part of a ship
that cuts through the water. The prow and stem
and its surrounding parts of a ship is often used interchangably. It is often depicted in movies with carved figurehead
in the form of a mermaid
, a woman in 19th-century dress, or other similar figure. The prow is the part of the bow
above the waterline. In old naval parlance
, the prow applied to the battery of guns placed in the fore gun-deck
"Prow" may also refer to a pointed projecting front part of other travelling objects, such as a racing skate, airplane or chariot.