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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)
PFD
Personal Flotation Device
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Pay out
To feed out Line, hand over hand - usually over the side of the vessel.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Heading
The Compass direction in which a vessel´s Bow points at any given time.
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)
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)
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)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Close hauled
Sailing as close to the wind as possible.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Griping
1. To allow the Bow of a vessel move to Windward or closer to the Eye of the wind.
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)
Bosun´s Mate
1) The mate (assistant) to the Bosun

2) One of the world´s foremost nautical web sites bosunsmate.org (you had to know we would do this)

Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
With the straightforward meaning of being in a troublesome spot, the interesting thing is the origin of this expression.

The deep blue sea part is obvious - but in this case the "devil" is not the scary guy with horns but the Hull plank closest to the waterline where barnacles and marine growth gather the heaviest.

The crew on long voyages would always spend time maintaining the Ship and scraping the growth off this area was one of the nastiest of jobs.

Both due to the fact t...
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Lazy-guy
A tackle or Line used to prevent the Boom swinging when a vessel rolls in the swell.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Sheet
The Line fastened to any Sail that is used to position it (control the Sail) relative to the wind.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Sandbagger
A type of broad shallow open or partly decked center-board sailing vessel which originated around the 1850. They carried tremendous Sail area for their size.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Jigger-mast
After mast  the 4th Mast on a five or 6 masted Schooner or sailing Ship carrying a spanker, or the mizzen Mast of a Yawl or a Ketch.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Backstaff
A Navigation instrument used to measure the apparent height of a landmark whose actual height is known, such as the top of a lighthouse. From this information, the ship´s distance from that landmark can be calculated.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Force 8
Gale force wind on the Beaufort Wind Scale
 
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