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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)
ARTE
A team of members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Pacific that work to help the various units around the coast with their training and also evaluate members at higher levels - to help ensure that everyone is meeting the same standards.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Hike
To lean out over the side of a smaller sailing vessel to balance it against the force of the wind. In some vessels an apparatus is rigged to assist in leaning our further called a trapeze.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Port
When facing Forward, the Left side of the vessel
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Keel-haul
A punishment said to have originated with the Dutch but adopted by other navies around the 15th and 16th centuries: A Line would be rigged from yardarm to yardarm Athwartships such that it passed under the ships Keel. The seaman to be punished would be secured to it (sometimes with iron or led weights About his legs) and be hauled up to one side. He would then be dropped suddenly into the sea, hauled underneath the Ship, and hoisted up on the other side. This would be repeated once he had recove...
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)
Square-Knot
A very common Knot used to Bend two Lines of the same diameter. If used to tie Lines of differing diameter it may slip.


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)
Luff-up
To steer the Boat more into the wind, this could have the effect of causing the sails to flap or Luff.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
League
A measure of distance 2.6 nautical miles (4.8 km) in length
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Deck plate
a metal plate fitting on the Deck that can be opened to take on fuel or water
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Boson
Also Boatswain, 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)
Head
1. The top or foward part of something.

2. The part of a sailing vessel Forward of the foīcīsle and around the beak that was used by the crew (amungst other things) as a lavatory.

3. Any modern day vesselīs toilet - indicating both the bathroom area and the toilet itself.

4. The upper corner of a triangular Sail or top edge of a four sided Sail.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Martingale
1. A Stay which holds the jib-boom. it provides counterforce to the pull of the Fore Topmast or topgallant Mast stays and tuns from the outer tip of the jib-boom against the dolphin-striker and down to the Hull. Martingale guys Hold the dolphin-striker firm by running from the dolphin-striker Aft to either side of the Hull.

2. A Rope or strap which runs from a the Mainsail Boom of a Dinghy to the base of its Mast to prevent the Boom lifting - also known as a Kicking-strap or (in modern terman...
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Bermudian sail
A triangular fore-and-aft Sail without a Gaff or Yard, set on a Boom on the Aft side of a Mast.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Windjammer
Square, usually Ship, rigged sailing vessels and large sailing merchantman, especially in the last days of commerical sailing.

The orginal term windjamer was intented as insult from the crews of steamships.

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)
Ditty bag
A small bag, typically made from scraps of canvas, for carrying or stowing personal articles or tools.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Fronts
Used in meteorology to describe bounderies between hot and cold air masses. This is typically where bad weather is found.
 
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