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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)
ICAO
International Civil Aviation Organization
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)
Leeway
1. The sideways movement of the Boat caused by either wind or Current.
2. To be blown in the direction of the wind

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Apeak
Said of the Anchor when its Cable is taut and vertical.
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)
Lash
1) To Secure or bind something using Rope or twine.
Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
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)
Chart table
A table designated as the area in the Boat where the navigator will study charts and plot courses.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Bridge
The location from which the vseesl is controled.

On mechanically propelled vessels this usually is an elevated platform running Athwartships or may take the shape of a wheelhouse. Typically it is designed to afford a full view of shipboard activities and permit safe Navigation and lookout.

In earlier vessels the Bridge would have been protected by a canvas dodger, and in hot weather an Awning. The Binnacle or main navigational cumpass is typically situated in the Bridge area.

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Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Jack
A name for the common British naval seaman - Jolly Jack Tar in full. the term is derived from tarpaulin (tared canvas) that was frequently worn by topman as protection against the weather. Initially this name was only applied to able seamen but it was relaxed over time to include all naval seamen.
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)
Deadeye
A Block with three holes uses to receive the laniard of a Shroud or a Stay and provide some Purchase to adjust tension.
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)
Planing-hull
A type of Hull shaped to glide easily across the top of the water at high speed.
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)
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)
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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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