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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)
SAR
Search And Rescue
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Over-haul
1. To slack a tackle and thereby increase the distance apart of the blocks in that tackle by manually running the Rope backwards through the sheaves.

2. The action of passing another vessel.

3. Sometimes used to refer to a refit of a vessel - inspecting and repaiting propulsion and mechanical systems on Board.

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 vesselīs 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)
Aback
A Sail is īAbackī when sheeted to Windward, or when the wind comes on what should be its Lee side
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)
Reef-knot
A very common Knot used to Bend two Lines of the same diameter. If used to tie Lines of differing diameter it may slip.
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)
Zenith
The point of the celestial sphere which is directly overhead.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Anchor
1. A device designed to dig into the sea bed and keep the vessel from drifting
2. The act of using an Anchor.

Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Landlubbers
In the plural Landlubber usually referred to the general populous on shore. Landlubber itself was a derogatory term whereas in the plural it becomes more general and less of a "put-down"
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Harbor
1. A safe Anchorage, protected from most storms; may be natural or man-made, with breakwaters and jetties;
2. A place for docking and loading.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Bow Line
A docking Line leading from the Bow foreward.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Cringle
A fitting in a Sail that allows a Line to fasten to it (a large grommit)
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Jolly-boat
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)
Mainmast
1. The tallest Mast of the Ship, on a Schooner, the Mast furthest Aft.


The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Fay
The process of cleanly fitting togeather pieces of timber when shipbuilding to acheive minimal space between them.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Force 8
Gale force wind on the Beaufort Wind Scale
 
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