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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)
EPIRB
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
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)
Leeward
The direction away from the wind.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Heel
1. To lean over to one side.

2. The Aft end of the Keel and lower part of the sternpost where they are connected.

3. The bottom of a Mast, Boom, or Bowsprit. The Hell is the part of a Mast that is fitted into the keelson in masts that are steeped through the Deck or a tabernacle on Deck in the case of masts designed to be raised and lowered at will.

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)
Square-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)
Close reach
Sailing with the wind coming from a direction Forward of the Beam of the vessel. A Close reach is the point of Sail between a Beam reach and Close hauled.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Compass rose
A figure with the complete 360° directional system displayed as a circle with each degree graduated upon it, and with the 0° indicated as True North. Also called true rose. This is printed on nautical charts to indicate the reference direction.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Sailing-rig
The collection of all equipment used to Sail a bost, including sails, booms and gaffs, Lines and blocks.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Yellow Admiral
A somewhat dirogatory term from the British navy that describes a post-captain that has been promoted to admiral on retirement such that they never served at that rank.

Before 1864 the British fleet was divided into Red, White, and Blue squadrons, with the admirals taking their rank from their squadronal colour. Blue being junior to white which was in turn junior to red.

A Yellow Admiral, therefore did not fit and thus had no real rank at all.

After the Napoleonic War (1803-1815) there ...
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Pier
A loading/landing platform extending at an angle from the shore.
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Headsails
The collection of sails (jibs and staysails) foreward of the Foremast.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Bright Work
Varnished woodwork or polished metal throughout the vessel
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Hermione HMS
Built at Bristol in 1797 this Ship of the British Royal Navy is famed for having the "the bloodiest mutiny that ever occured in a Ship of the Royal Navy"

Her Captain, Hugh Pigot was renouned as a tyrant, and was murdered along with 9 of his officers by the mutineers, who then sailed the Ship to Spain and handed her over to the Spainiards.

She was re-captured in October 1799 by the boats of HMS Surprise under Captain Sir Edward Hamilton who cut her out from Porto Gabello.

The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Topmast
A second Spar carried at the top of a Mast, used to fly more Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Backstaff
A Navigation instrument used to measure the apparent height of a landmark whose actual height is known, such as the top of a lighthouse. From this information, the shipīs distance from that landmark can be calculated.
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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