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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)
Search And Rescue
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
1.The Compass Heading of the direction of Forward motion of the vessel.

2. The angle of the vessel relative to the wind when sailing.

3. The largest square Sail on a Mast (called the Course because when sailing with the wind the Heading will be impacted by how best to keep the Course Sail full)

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
1. To fill the seams in a wooden vessel with Oakum and cotton using Caulking irons and hammer.
2. The materials use when Caulking a vessel, namley Oakum, cotton, and/or tar.

The foods of the sea (2 terms)
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)
Catīs Paw
1) A tiwsting Knot made in a Bight of a Line to Secure to a hook or pin. Ideal for use with a sling where neither free end of the Rope is available.

2) A name given to a slight ripple on the water caused by a breeze during a calm.

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
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"
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
A vessel is said to go, come, or put About when she alters Course from one Tack to the other
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
A map for use by navigators.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
A rotating device, with two or more blades (like a fan), that moves water and acts to propel a vessel.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Also Bosun, bosīn, boīsīn, and boīsun, all of which are pronounced Bosun. A crew member responsible for keeping the Hull, Rigging and sails in good repair.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
1. Outside the confines of the Hull.

2. Away from the side of the Hull when referring to an object that is on the Inboard side of the Hull.

3. A detachable engine mounted on a boatīs Stern.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
A sliding fitting that attaches to a track allowing for the adjustment of blocks or other devices attached to the Car.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
The Line fastened to any Sail that is used to position it (control the Sail) relative to the wind.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
A small ships Boat from the 18th or 19th centuries, clinker built and propelled by oars. When included as part of a warship the typical configuration was 6 oars on 3 thwarts.

From the german or dutch ījolleī and Swedish īJolī: a small Boat or Bark. It may also be a derivation of Yawl or gellywatte.

The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
A second Spar carried at the top of a Mast, used to fly more Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
An instrument for measuring the strength (speed) of the wind
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Beaufort Scale
A system for clasifying wind strengths and sea conditions:

1 Light Air Or just sufficient to give steerage way.  
2 Light Breeze Or that in which a man-of-war with all Sail set, and clean full would go in smooth water from. 1 to 2 knots
3 Gentle Breeze 3 to 4 knots
4 Moderate Breeze 5 to 6 knots
5 Fresh Breeze Or that to which a well-conditioned man-of-war could just carry in chase, full and by. Royals.
6 Strong Breeze Single-reefed topsails and top-gal. Sail
7 Moderate Ga...
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