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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)
SKAD
Survival Kit - Air Droppable
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)
Aweather
To Windward; towards the Windward or weather side of the vessel
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Above Deck
On the Deck, specifically not Below decks
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)
Reef-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)
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"
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Beat
To Tack, that is, to make progress to Windward by a zigzag Course, with the wind first on one side of the vessel and then the other.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Great circle
A Course plotted on the surface of the globe that is the shortest distance between two points
The parts of ships (131 terms)
RADAR
The device that enables remote detection of "electromagneticly conspicous" objects through its ability to transmit radio signals and detect their return after being reflected from an object.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 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)

Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Hold
The space for cargo Below the Deck of the Ship, usually in the center (Fore and Aft wise)
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Lanyard
A short Line used for making anything fast
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Reef Points
Short Lines through a Sail at the reef band to Secure the Foot of the Sail to the Boom or Yard and thus reduce itīs effective area.
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)
Messenger
1. A loop of Rope used to assist in weighing the Anchor. Led through two single blocks near the hawseholes and along the Deck running Alongside the Anchor Cable where it is held Fast with Nippers; Then looped around the Capstan and Back up to the Deck and along the Foredeck again. This was done because the hemp Anchor cables were too large to be brought around the capstain themselves.

2. A small Line used to pull a heavier Line or Cable.

terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Beaufort Scale
A system for clasifying wind strengths and sea conditions:

1 Light Air Or just sufficient to give steerage way.  
2 Light Breeze Or that in which a man-of-war with all Sail set, and clean full would go in smooth water from. 1 to 2 knots
3 Gentle Breeze 3 to 4 knots
4 Moderate Breeze 5 to 6 knots
5 Fresh Breeze Or that to which a well-conditioned man-of-war could just carry in chase, full and by. Royals.
6 Strong Breeze Single-reefed topsails and top-gal. Sail
7 Moderate Ga...
 
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