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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)
SOLAS
Safety Of Life At Sea
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Wake
A disturbed column of water around and behind a pleasure craft as it makes its way through the water. It includes both the charastic "V" shaped wave pattern and the turbulent wated thrown Back by the propellers.

A detailed look: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jul2001/994688283.Ph.r.html

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)
Old Harry
´The Devil´ - a slang term for the devil - usage: "To play Old Harry with" something or someone - meaning to cause them mischief or to bring to ruin.
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)
Bowline
A Knot used to form an eye or loop at the end of a Rope. It is very strong not does not easily jam.
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)
Heave-to
To lay a sailing vessel into the wind with her Helm a-lee and her sails shortened and trimmed so that she will naturally come up into the wind and then Fall off again, thus making virtually no Headway.

A mechanically powered vessel will Heave-to by bringing her bows up into the sea and using just sufficient propulsion to Hold position.

The practise of heaving-to is to ensure the wind remains on the weather Bow in heavy seas and Hold the Ship in that position - where any vessel will ride mo...
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
RADAR
The device that enables remote detection of "electromagneticly conspicous" objects through its ability to transmit radio signals and detect their return after being reflected from an object.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Boom-vang
Any system used to Hold the Boom down. This is useful for maintaining proper Sail shape, particularly when running or on a broad reach.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Boatswain
Also Bosun, bos´n, bo´s´n, and bo´sun, all of which are pronounced Bosun. A crew member responsible for keeping the Hull, Rigging and sails in good repair.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Inboard
1. Within the confines of a vessels Hull - above or Below decks

2. Towards the sides of the Hull when referring to an object on the Outboard side.

3. A motor fitted inside the Boat.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Gyn
A temporary derrick consisting of three spars with their heels spalyed out in a tripod configuration.

Designed to lift heavier loads then a sheer-legs but limited in that it can only lift straight up and then not allowing for as much transverse movement.

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)
Windjammer
Square, usually Ship, rigged sailing vessels and large sailing merchantman, especially in the last days of commerical sailing.

The orginal term windjamer was intented as insult from the crews of steamships.

The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Bowsprit
A Spar running Forward from the Bow of a vessel. It functions as a horizontal Mast for the spritsail, fore-topmast staysail and, in conjunction with the Jibboom, the Jib.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Lines
1. Rope used for various purposes Aboard Ship.

2. The design drawings of a vessel, normally consisting of three diagrams: the sheer plan: showing the longitudnal vertical section of the Ship; the body plan: showing the vertical cross sections; and the half-bredth plan: showing the longitudnal transverse section at the deckline.

3. A collective term referring to the design of the Ship "she has good lines"

terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
El Niño
A warm inshore Current annually flowing south along the coast of Ecuador. About every seven to ten years it extends down the coast of Peru, where it has a devastating effect in that region and is oftin the cause of unusual weather patterns around the entire eastern Pacific Rim.
 
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