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The Bosunīs Mate Glossary of Terms

The Bosunīs Mate dictionary of Nautical Terms has been compiled from many sources and is constantly being augmented and revised in our attempt to capture as much of the rich yet complicated (and often conflicting) maritime termonology as possible.

You will find an extensive list of information about all sorts of nautical items from sailorīs knots to the sailors themselves, and from ships to the weather patterns of the seas they ply.

Random terms, by category

Abbreviations and Acronyms (41 terms)
RCC
The control centre for planning a responce to a SAR incident and then assigning, tasking, and managing SAR resources and the SAR responce.

In a SAR incident RCC is in control.

The things sailors do (8 terms)
Pay out
To feed out Line, hand over hand - usually over the side of the vessel.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Bearing
The direction of an object expressed as an agnle in degrees or Compass points from the vessel´s meridian, or , sometimes, from the direction of the Bow, Stern, or Beam.

An answer to the question "Where Away"

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Aboard
On or in a vessel
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
Sea-pie
A favorite dish for the crew of tall ships. It could consist of almost anything, but the propper dish consisted of layers of meat, vegetables, and fish alternating with crusts of bread and/or broken biscuit - affectionately referred to as a Two or Three decker based on the number of layers.
Various knots both functional and ornamental from the nautical to the ornamental and with both historic and present day value. (12 terms)
Sheetbend
A Knot used to tie two ropes of unequal thickness together.

Also known as the weaver´s knot

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Tack
1) (n) The lower Forward corner of the sail
2) (n) For sailing vessels: the Current side of the vessel that the wind is crossing first (Port or Starboard)

v) The act of turning a sailing vessel´s Bow across the direction (eye) of the wind and changing from one ´tack´ (n) to the other.

The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Chart table
A table designated as the area in the Boat where the navigator will study charts and plot courses.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Frames
The wooden ribs, running athwarthips, that form the shape of the Hull and support the Planking.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Yellow Admiral
A somewhat dirogatory term from the British navy that describes a post-captain that has been promoted to admiral on retirement such that they never served at that rank.

Before 1864 the British fleet was divided into Red, White, and Blue squadrons, with the admirals taking their rank from their squadronal colour. Blue being junior to white which was in turn junior to red.

A Yellow Admiral, therefore did not fit and thus had no real rank at all.

After the Napoleonic War (1803-1815) there ...
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Bridge
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 d...
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Gooseneck
The fitting which secures the Boom to the Mast.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Peak
Upper Aft corner of a Gaff Sail.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Yawl
1. A two masted sailing vessel with the after Mast shorter then the Fore and stepped Abaft the Rudder post.

2. A smaller powered Boat used to provide steerage-way when not under Sail.

The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Topmast
A second Spar carried at the top of a Mast, used to fly more Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Barograph
An instrument used to keep a printed record of atmospheric pressure, such as on a paper drum.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Hurricane
A strong tropical revolving storm of force 12(65 mph) or higher in the northern hemisphere. Hurricanes revolve in a clockwise direction.
 
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