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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)
SART
A device that emits a responce in the band used by RADAR Transcievers when it detects a signal from the same. It creates a distinctive pattern on the receiving RADAR display which can be used to locate the object.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Pay out
To feed out Line, hand over hand - usually over the side of the vessel.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Heading
The Compass direction in which a vesselīs Bow points at any given time.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Cable
1. A nautical unit of distance, having a standard value of 1/10th of a Nautical mile (608 ft.) or 100 fathoms.
2. The Rope or chain made Fast to the Anchor.
3. Metal Rope sometimes used in the standing Rigging of a vessel.

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)
Mathew Walkerīs Knot
If not the only, then one of the few knots named after a person. This is a perminant stopper (or button) Knot that can be tiew with three or more strands. It is oftin tied in the end of a three-lay Rope and can be used as an ornamental finishing for Rope handles or even bell Rope knots.

There is a legend that goes with this Knot: supposidly...

Mathew Walker was a sailor, convicted of some crime, and at his trial the judge offered him clemency if he could demonstrait a Knot that the judge c...
Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 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"
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)
Dock
A protected region of water where vessels are moored. The term is often used to denote a Pier or a wharf.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Cabin sole
The bottom surface of the enclosed space under the Deck of a Boat. (the floor Below decks)
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)
Lee-shore
1. A shore that wind blows onto; it is best to Stay well off a Lee shore in a storm.

2. Sometimes used as a metaphor in an expression to signify danger.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Keel
1. The centerline of a Boat running Fore and Aft;
2. The timber at the very bottom of the Hull to which Frames are attached.

Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Batten Pockets
Pockets in a Sail where battens can be placed to stiffen the Sail.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Ship
1. A specific sailing rig consisting of a vessel with three masts with square sails on all three masts.

2. Possive: "The Ship" to refer to a vessel by here crew - this will sometimes apply to not only the vessel by includes her crew, Gear, and stores as well.

3. May refer to any Boat.

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)
Violl
An older name for a Messenger used to assist in weighing the Anchor.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Quartering Sea
When the wind, and thus the waves, are falling on a boatīs quarter.
 
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