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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.

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Abbreviations and Acronyms (41 terms)
ODAS
An ODAS collects information About the ocean and local conditions used for meteorological and scientific means mainly.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Avast!
The command to stop, or cease, in any operation.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Windward
The direction into/towards the wind
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Jettison
1. To throw Overboard.

2. To expell or otherwise remove.

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)
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)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Bear away
To put up the Helm to Windward so that the vessel turns further away from the wind.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Burdened vessel
A vessel which, according to the applicable Navigation Rules, must give way to the privileged vessel - the give-way vessel
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)
Nippers
1. Short lengths of Rope marled or braded and used when weighing the Anchor to bind the Cable to the Messenger or Viol. The (usually hemp) Cable was too thick to be brought around the capstain directly, and as such would be bound by the Nippers to the messanger which in turn was taken around the capstain.

2. The Boys or men responsible for working the Nippers were also referred to as Nippers themselves

3. Slings used when hoisting yards that were wet and slippery.

4. A lashed hammock wi...
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Quay
A wharf used to discharge cargo
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Kicking-strap
The Martingale that prevents the Boom from rising when it swings outwards helping to keep the Sail flat to the wind and thereby providing more driving power.

This term is typically used in small racing dinghys whereas a Line or tackle with the same function on modern boats is usually referred to as the boom-vang

Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Foresail
The Sail set on the Foremast of a Schooner or the lowest square Sail on the Foremast of a Square rigged vessel
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Planing-hull
A type of Hull shaped to glide easily across the top of the water at high speed.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Jibboom
A Spar Forward of Bowsprit that supports the Forward most staysails.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Bosuns Call
A whistle used to relay signals Aboard Ship.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Fronts
Used in meteorology to describe bounderies between hot and cold air masses. This is typically where bad weather is found.
 
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