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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)
Marine Communications and Traffic Services
The things sailors do (8 terms)
A disturbed column of water around and behind a pleasure craft as it makes its way through the water. It includes both the charastic "V" shaped wave pattern and the turbulent wated thrown Back by the propellers.

A detailed look:

Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Right side of the Ship when facing Forward.

Named as such after a contraction called a Steering Board, from ancient ships. This was a Rudder like contraption that was situated on the right side of the vessel (as the left or Port side of the vessel needed to be kept free for tieing up to the Dock)

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
A term used to describe sailign large with the wind on ones quarter.
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
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)
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)
By the wind
Closehauled to the wind (sailing on a Heading close to the Eye of the wind)
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
A vessel is said to go, come, or put About when she alters Course from one Tack to the other
The parts of ships (131 terms)
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)
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)
A storage compartment Below decks in the Stern of a vessel.
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
A general term for ropes, blocks, tackle and other equipment. For example: Chafing Gear
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
A fitting in a Sail that allows a Line to fasten to it (a large grommit)
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Any waterborne Displacement vessel
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
A Spar usually fixed horizontally to a Mast that supports a Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
1. Rope used for various purposes Aboard Ship.

2. The design drawings of a vessel, normally consisting of three diagrams: the sheer plan: showing the longitudnal vertical section of the Ship; the body plan: showing the vertical cross sections; and the half-bredth plan: showing the longitudnal transverse section at the deckline.

3. A collective term referring to the design of the Ship "she has good lines"

terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
A sudden violent blast of wind.
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