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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.

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Abbreviations and Acronyms (41 terms)
EPIRB
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
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)
Sternway
1. Movement of a vessel going backwards over the ground.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Zulu-time
The Americam military name for UTC indicating the time at the prime meridian. The standard time used in all shipboard Log entries and radio communication.
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)
Lash
1) To Secure or bind something using Rope or twine.
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)
Bear away
To put up the Helm to Windward so that the vessel turns further away from the wind.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Pitchpoling
The case of a vessel being thrown end-over-end in very rough seas.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Anchor Ball
A black ball visible in all directions displayed in the Forward rig of a vessel at Anchor during the day.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Boatswain
Also Bosun, bosīn, boīsīn, and boīsun, 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)
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)

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Bight
1. A Bend or loop in a Rope.
2. A bay.

Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Cringle
A fitting in a Sail that allows a Line to fasten to it (a large grommit)
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Brigantine
Two-masted vessel with the Fore Mast being square rigged and after Mast usually Gaff rigged.
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)
Can hooks
A pair of hooks, flat on one side, that can run freely on a wire or chain sling. The weight of lift prevents unhooking.
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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