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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)
Jettison
1. To throw Overboard.

2. To expell or otherwise remove.

Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Flower of the Winds
A term for the engraving of the wind-rose on early charts and maps, extended after to include the compass-rose on later charts and maps.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Chock-a-block
1. When a Line is pulled as tight as is can go, as when two blocks are pulled together. also know as "two blocks"
2. When a container is a full as possible.

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)
Heart of Oak
A british naval song wirtten by David Garrick that starts:

´Come cheer up, my lads, ´tis to glory we steer,
To add something more to this wonderful year´

Set to music by Willian Boyce in 1759 and commerating that same year "the year of vistories" or "the wonderful year" as the song proclaims. This is based on the victories at Lagos, Quiberon Bay, and the capture of Quebec - which all occured in that year during the seven years war 1756-63.

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Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Nipped
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)
Course
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)

The parts of ships (131 terms)
Hatch
An opening in the Deck for entering Below.
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)
Helm
1. The steering apparatus of a vessel
2. The location on the vessel where the steering controls are located
3. Used as part of an expression to describe the vessel´s handeling characteristics

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Boom-vang
Any system used to Hold the Boom down. This is useful for maintaining proper Sail shape, particularly when running or on a broad reach.
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)
Topsail Schooner
A Schooner with a square rigged Sail on Forward Mast - the Pacific Swift is an example of a Topsail Schooner
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)
Hackle
In Rope-making: A process in which fibers are drawn through hackle-boards in order to get them all lying straight prior to spinning into strands suring rope-making.
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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