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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)
RCC
The control centre for planning a responce to a SAR incident and then assigning, tasking, and managing SAR resources and the SAR responce.

In a SAR incident RCC is in control.

The things sailors do (8 terms)
Over-haul
1. To slack a tackle and thereby increase the distance apart of the blocks in that tackle by manually running the Rope backwards through the sheaves.

2. The action of passing another vessel.

3. Sometimes used to refer to a refit of a vessel - inspecting and repaiting propulsion and mechanical systems on Board.

Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Course
1.The Compass Heading of the direction of Forward motion of the vessel.

2. The angle of the vessel relative to the wind when sailing.

3. The largest square Sail on a Mast (called the Course because when sailing with the wind the Heading will be impacted by how best to keep the Course Sail full)

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Fay
The process of cleanly fitting togeather pieces of timber when shipbuilding to acheive minimal space between them.
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)
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)
Adrift
Floating free with the wind and currents.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Buoyage
1. The establishment of buoys and Buoyage systems.
2. Applied collectively to buoys placed or established.

The parts of ships (131 terms)
Rope
see Lines
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Powder Monkey
A terms used to describe the ship´s boys (typically 7-10) on war ships that would carry gun powder from the magazeen to the gun decks and stand ready to pass pre-measured Charges to the men at the gun.
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)
Brigantine
Two-masted vessel with the Fore Mast being square rigged and after Mast usually Gaff rigged.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Belly
The fullness or draught of a Sail.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Monohull
A Boat with a single Hull as opposed to a multi-hull vessel.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Topmast
A second Spar carried at the top of a Mast, used to fly more Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Barograph
An instrument used to keep a printed record of atmospheric pressure, such as on a paper drum.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Squall
A sudden violent blast of wind.
 
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