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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)
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)
Flower of the Winds
A term for the engraving of the wind-rose on early charts and maps, extended after to include the compass-rose on later charts and maps.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Beneaped
A vessel is said to be ībeneapedī when she has run Aground at high water and tides are taking off so that the following tide fails to folat her.
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)
Hitch
A Knot used to Secure one Rope to another object or to another Rope, or to form a loop or a noose in a Rope.

Hitches Fall into the general category of knots known as bends



Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Scrimshaw
A sailorīs carving or etching wood, on bones, teeth, tusks or shells. Frequently used as a way to pass the time on long voyages then to be traded or sold on shore.
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Luff-Her
To steer the Boat more into the wind, this could have the effect of causing the sails to flap or Luff.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Aid to navigation
Any fixed object that a navigator may use to find his position, such as permanent land or sea markers, buoys, radiobeacons, and lighthouses.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Planking
Wood boards that cover the Frames outside the Hull for a wooden-hull vessel.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Jack
A name for the common British naval seaman - Jolly Jack Tar in full. the term is derived from tarpaulin (tared canvas) that was frequently worn by topman as protection against the weather. Initially this name was only applied to able seamen but it was relaxed over time to include all naval seamen.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Stern
The Back or aftermost end of a vessel.
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Backsplice
A method of weaving the end of a Rope to keep it from unraveling.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Bolt Rope
A Line - sewn into the Luff of a Sail. On smaller craft the Bolt Rope fits in a notch in the Mast or other Spar when the Sail is raised.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Knockabout
A type of Schooner without a Bowsprit.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Mainmast
1. The tallest Mast of the Ship, on a Schooner, the Mast furthest Aft.


The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Planing-hull
A type of Hull shaped to glide easily across the top of the water at high speed.
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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