What is a frame? A frame is a transverse structural member that acts like the ribcage
of a ship. As you may already know, where you are on a ship is often denoted by the frame number. If the ship has 300 frames,
and you are at frame 150, you are probably amidships.
-Frame spacing is reduced at the bow and stern because the structure here
needs to be more rigid and stronger.
-Cant frames provide strength to the shell plating at the stern.
-Panting frames are located in the fore and after peak tanks.
For more, see Eyres' "Ship Construction"