A ship's hold or cargo hold is a space for carrying cargo.
Cargo in holds may be either packaged in crates, bales, etc., or unpackaged (bulk cargo). Access to holds is by a large hatch at the top. Ships have had holds for centuries; an alternative way to carry cargo is in standardized shipping containers, which may be loaded into appropriate holds or carried on deck.
Holds in older ships were below the orlop deck, the lower part of the interior of a ship's hull, especially when considered as storage space, as for cargo. In later merchant vessels it extended up through the decks to the underside of the weather deck.
Ships with Holds:
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- SS Jeremiah O'Brien, Liberty museum ship moored at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California
- Liberty Ships built by the United States Maritime Commission in World War II
- Liberty Ships and Victory Ships, America's Lifeline in War A lesson on Liberty ships and Victory ships from the National Park Service's Teaching with Historic Places.
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