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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)
GRT
A measure of the internal volume, or closed-in spaces, of a vessel. One gross registered ton is equal to one hundred cubic feet. This is the measure used to classify vessels and it typically the measure used to classify limits for seafarers as well.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Luff-up
To steer the Boat more into the wind, this could have the effect of causing the sails to flap or Luff.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Heading
The Compass direction in which a vessel´s Bow points at any given time.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Windward
The direction into/towards the wind
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)
Collision Regulations
A detailed series of rules and laws that describe:
1) steering and sailing rules for vessels
2) lights and shapes rules for different type of vessels
3) sound and light signals


The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Under Bare Poles
A vessel with no sails set.

referrs to the masts of the vessel and is commonly used in an expression to describe a vessel that is still making way "under bare poles" in a storm.

The parts of ships (131 terms)
Dorade
A horn type of vent designed to let air into a Cabin and keep water out.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 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.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Jetty
1. A man made structure projecting from, or along side the shore making up part of a Port or dockside, Alongside which vessels may tie-up.

2. A Breakwater protecting a Harbor entrance

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Moonraker
The small light sails set above the skysails on square-rigged masts in light winds.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
wing and wing
A method of running before the wind with two sails set. Usually the Mainsail on one side and the Fore or headsail on the other, or one headsail on each side.

- Incidentally the SALTS logo consists of a Schooner running Wing and Wing

Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
FRC
Any type of vessel designed for high speed used primairly for SAR and in the military
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Jigger-mast
After mast  the 4th Mast on a five or 6 masted Schooner or sailing Ship carrying a spanker, or the mizzen Mast of a Yawl or a Ketch.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Viol
An older name for the 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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