The Bridge on a ship is where it all happens –
although some Chief Engineers may disagree.
But, why the Bridge?
In the days of sail when the ships were small the steering wheel was situated on the poop deck at the stern of the vessel almost immediately above the rudder. As the ships got bigger with the advent of steam, the watchkeepers and helmsmen found it difficult to see the front of the vessel. Consequently, the steering position was moved further forward and mounted on a raised platform to improve the visibility forward. As the structure resembled a bridge so the name stuck. In the early days the Bridge was open to the elements but nowadays is fully enclosed and well protected from the sea and weather.