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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)
PFD
Personal Flotation Device
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Hike
To lean out over the side of a smaller sailing vessel to balance it against the force of the wind. In some vessels an apparatus is rigged to assist in leaning our further called a trapeze.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Lee
1. Away from the direction from which the wind is blowing.

2. Sheltered from the wind.

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Bail
1. An Iron rod partially circling the Boom to which Sheet Block is attached
2. To remove water from a Boat, as with a bucket or a pump.

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)
Cat´s 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)
Q flag
All yellow signal flag meaning "My vessel is healthy and I request free passage.
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
In Irons
A sailboat with its Bow pointed directly into the wind, preventing the sails from filling properly so that the Boat can move.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Bearing
The direction of an object expressed as an agnle in degrees or Compass points from the vessel´s meridian, or , sometimes, from the direction of the Bow, Stern, or Beam.

An answer to the question "Where Away"

The parts of ships (131 terms)
Courtesy ensign
The national flag of a country (usually smaller then the ships colours) displayed when crusing in the waters of that foreign country.
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)
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)
Topping lift
A Line or Cable attached to the end of the Boom used for lifting the Boom.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Raffees
The small light sails set above the skysails on square-rigged masts in light winds.
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)
Bible
A large Holystone
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Squall
A sudden violent blast of wind.
 
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