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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)
GMDSS
Global Marine Distress and Safety System
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Luff-up
To steer the Boat more into the wind, this could have the effect of causing the sails to flap or Luff.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Ahead
In front of, in the direction of the bow
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Bear Off
1. To thrust away.
2. To Hold off.
3. To steer  off wind, off shore or awar from an approaching object.

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)
Weaver´s Knot
So named because it was the fastest way to join a broken yarn in a loom. Sailors use this Knot to tie two ropes of unequal thickness together, in whihc case it is know as the Sheet Bend.
Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Scrimshaw
A sailor´s 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)
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)
AIS
A system for tracking commercial shipping. Ships broadcast digital information regarding their name, home Port, cargo, destination, and other particulars which can then be displayed as an overlay on RADAR when tracking them as a target vessel.

Used largely in VTS systems and by Coast Guard stations.

Form more see our AIS Information page: http://www.bosunsmate.org/ais/

The parts of ships (131 terms)
Foot
1. The base or bottom of a Sail.

2. The footrope, the part of the bolt-rope (to which the sides of a Sail are bound) which bounds the Foot of a Sail.

Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Landlubbers
In the plural Landlubber usually referred to the general populous on shore. Landlubber itself was a derogatory term whereas in the plural it becomes more general and less of a "put-down"
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Pier
A loading/landing platform extending at an angle from the shore.
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Breast Line
A Line attached laterally from a Boat to a Dock, preventing movement away from the Dock.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Balloon Jib
A large, light-weather headsail set in place of the working Jib; generally used for reaching, but rarely seen today.
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)
Mainmast
1. The tallest Mast of the Ship, on a Schooner, the Mast furthest Aft.


The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Fay
The process of cleanly fitting togeather pieces of timber when shipbuilding to acheive minimal space between them.
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 boat´s quarter.
 
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