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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)
CCG
Canadian Coast Guard
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Athwartships
At right angles to the fore-and-aft Line of the Boat; rowboat seats are generally positioned Athwartships.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Chop
Small, steep disorderly waves.
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)
Q flag
All yellow signal flag meaning "My vessel is healthy and I request free passage.
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Yawing
The motion of a Ship when she sways from to the right or left.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Nipped
A vessel is said to be Nipped or beset when caught between ice-flows in Antarctic or Arctic waters.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Kedge
1. To use an Anchor to move a Boat by hauling on the Anchor rode
2. A basic type of Anchor.

Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Captain
The person who is in charge of a vessel and legally responsible for it and its occupants.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Overboard
1. Over the side of the vessel.

2. Out of the vessel.



Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Mainsail
1. The for and Aft rigged Sail set on the Mainmast.

2. The lowest square Sail on the Mainmast.

3. The largest Sail.

Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Tack
1) (n) The lower Forward corner of the sail
2) (n) For sailing vessels: the Current side of the vessel that the wind is crossing first (Port or Starboard)

v) The act of turning a sailing vesselīs Bow across the direction (eye) of the wind and changing from one ītackī (n) to the other.

Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Jolly-boat
A small ships Boat from the 18th or 19th centuries, clinker built and propelled by oars. When included as part of a warship the typical configuration was 6 oars on 3 thwarts.

From the german or dutch ījolleī and Swedish īJolī: a small Boat or Bark. It may also be a derivation of Yawl or gellywatte.


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)
Camel
1. A hollow iron, steel or wood vessel  that is filled with water and sunk under another vessel by filling it with water. When the water is pumped out, the buoyancy of the Camel lifts the other vessel as well. Usually employed in pairs. At one time these
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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