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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)
LWL
The length of a vessel at itīs waterline
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)
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)
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 vesselīs handeling characteristics

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)
Scrimshaw
A sailorīs carving or etching wood, on bones, teeth, tusks or shells. Frequently used as a way to pass the time on long voyages then to be traded or sold on shore.
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 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 points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Cardinal points
The points at 90 degree increments on a Compass: North, South, East and West as marked on a Compass rose.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Stern
The Back or aftermost end of a vessel.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Bosunīs Mate
1) The mate (assistant) to the Bosun

2) One of the worldīs foremost nautical web sites bosunsmate.org (you had to know we would do this)

Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Harbor
1. A safe Anchorage, protected from most storms; may be natural or man-made, with breakwaters and jetties;
2. A place for docking and loading.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Yawl
1. A two masted sailing vessel with the after Mast shorter then the Fore and stepped Abaft the Rudder post.

2. A smaller powered Boat used to provide steerage-way when not under Sail.

Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
loof
(an older spelling for the word Luff)

1. (n) The leading edge of a Sail.

2. (v) The act of a Sail flapping in the wind.

3. (v) To bring the shipīs Head closer to the wind.

Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Sandbagger
A type of broad shallow open or partly decked center-board sailing vessel which originated around the 1850. They carried tremendous Sail area for their size.
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)
Purchase
1. A grouping of Block and Tackle to increase the force that may be applied to a Line.

2. Any sort of mechanical power employed in raising or removing heavy bodies.

3. To Purchase the Anchor, is to loosen it out of the ground.

terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Force 8
Gale force wind on the Beaufort Wind Scale
 
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