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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)
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.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
To steer the Boat more into the wind, this could have the effect of causing the sails to flap or Luff.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
1. Movement of a vessel going backwards over the ground.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
The direction away from the wind.
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
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)
Mathew Walker´s Knot
If not the only, then one of the few knots named after a person. This is a perminant stopper (or button) Knot that can be tiew with three or more strands. It is oftin tied in the end of a three-lay Rope and can be used as an ornamental finishing for Rope handles or even bell Rope knots.

There is a legend that goes with this Knot: supposidly...

Mathew Walker was a sailor, convicted of some crime, and at his trial the judge offered him clemency if he could demonstrait a Knot that the judge c...
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)
Haul around
change from a run to a reach
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)
The Outboard hulls of a trimaran.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Also Boatswain, bos´n, bo´s´n, and bo´sun, 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)
A storage compartment Below decks in the Stern of a vessel.
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
A wire support Line from the masthead to the Bow - upon which the Headsails are hoisted.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
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)
Hermione HMS
Built at Bristol in 1797 this Ship of the British Royal Navy is famed for having the "the bloodiest mutiny that ever occured in a Ship of the Royal Navy"

Her Captain, Hugh Pigot was renouned as a tyrant, and was murdered along with 9 of his officers by the mutineers, who then sailed the Ship to Spain and handed her over to the Spainiards.

She was re-captured in October 1799 by the boats of HMS Surprise under Captain Sir Edward Hamilton who cut her out from Porto Gabello.

The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
1. The tallest Mast of the Ship, on a Schooner, the Mast furthest Aft.

The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Tallow held in the recess of a sounding lead to bring up a sample of the sea bed
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
El Niño
A warm inshore Current annually flowing south along the coast of Ecuador. About every seven to ten years it extends down the coast of Peru, where it has a devastating effect in that region and is oftin the cause of unusual weather patterns around the entire eastern Pacific Rim.
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