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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)
MCTS
Marine Communications and Traffic Services
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)
Aft
Towards the Stern; behind
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Flotsam
1. Floating items from a Ship or its cargo, cast Overboard.
2. Floating debris.
3. Miscelanious items.

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)
Sail Tie
A quick release Knot used primairly for furling sails. Similar to the Sheet Bend, but finished by passing a Bight rather then the free end when finishing the Knot.

Many ships would have a supply of short Lines already having a Bight spliced in one end to used for creating Sail ties.

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 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"
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Luff-up
To steer the Boat more into the wind, this could have the effect of causing the sails to flap or Luff.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Give-way-vessel
A term, from the Navigational Rules, used to describe the vessel which must yield in meeting, crossing, or overtaking situations.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Hoist
1. v. To raise Aloft.

2. n. A Line or Tackle that will facilitate raising something Aloft.

Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Boatswain
Also Bosun, bos´n, bo´s´n, and bo´sun, 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)
Inboard
1. Within the confines of a vessels Hull - above or Below decks

2. Towards the sides of the Hull when referring to an object on the Outboard side.

3. A motor fitted inside the Boat.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Backstay
A wire or tar coated Rope support leading Aft from a Mast to prevent it from bending (falling) Forward.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Sail
A piece of cloth that catches the wind and so powers a vessel.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Ship
1. A specific sailing rig consisting of a vessel with three masts with square sails on all three masts.

2. Possive: "The Ship" to refer to a vessel by here crew - this will sometimes apply to not only the vessel by includes her crew, Gear, and stores as well.

3. May refer to any Boat.

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)
Violl
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)
Force 8
Gale force wind on the Beaufort Wind Scale
 
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