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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.

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Abbreviations and Acronyms (41 terms)
ARTE
A team of members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Pacific that work to help the various units around the coast with their training and also evaluate members at higher levels - to help ensure that everyone is meeting the same standards.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Wake
A disturbed column of water around and behind a pleasure craft as it makes its way through the water. It includes both the charastic "V" shaped wave pattern and the turbulent wated thrown Back by the propellers.

A detailed look: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jul2001/994688283.Ph.r.html

Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Leeward
The direction away from the wind.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Barometric pressure
Atmospheric pressure as measured by a barometer.
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
Scurvy
A disease historically common to seaman, caused by lack of Vitamin C the British Navy started to fight it bu adding lime juice to their water - this was the origin of the slan "Limey"
Various knots both functional and ornamental from the nautical to the ornamental and with both historic and present day value. (12 terms)
Knot
1. A speed of one Nautical mile per hour. (6076 feet) per hour.
2. A method of making a Line Fast to an object, another Line, itself, or for ornament.

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Q flag
All yellow signal flag meaning "My vessel is healthy and I request free passage.
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Nip
A vessel is said to be Nipped or beset when caught between ice-flows in Antarctic or Arctic waters.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Heading
The Compass direction in which a vessel´s Bow points at any given time.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Bulkhead
A wall Below decks within vessel
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Landlubber
Stemming from ´Land Lover´ - this term is used by sailors to describe anyone lacking good seamanship or not sharing their love of the sea.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Hold
The space for cargo Below the Deck of the Ship, usually in the center (Fore and Aft wise)
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Breast Line
A Line attached laterally from a Boat to a Dock, preventing movement away from the Dock.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Clew
1. Lower after corner of a Fore and Aft Sail.
2. The lower corners of a square Sail.

Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Hermione HMS
Built at Bristol in 1797 this Ship of the British Royal Navy is famed for having the "the bloodiest mutiny that ever occured in a Ship of the Royal Navy"

Her Captain, Hugh Pigot was renouned as a tyrant, and was murdered along with 9 of his officers by the mutineers, who then sailed the Ship to Spain and handed her over to the Spainiards.

She was re-captured in October 1799 by the boats of HMS Surprise under Captain Sir Edward Hamilton who cut her out from Porto Gabello.

The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Yard
A Spar usually fixed horizontally to a Mast that supports a Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Voyal
An older name for a Messenger used to assist in weighing the Anchor.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Quartering Sea
When the wind, and thus the waves, are falling on a boat´s quarter.
 
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