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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.

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Abbreviations and Acronyms (41 terms)
Used as the primary reference in most GPS receivers and Chart Plotters to indicate velocity. Since GPS estimates speed as a change in position over time the Speed over Ground is the only speed that can be calculated. IE: moving through a Current the SOG is based on speed over the bottom not the relative speed of the vessel through the water.
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
The direction away from the wind.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
1. An Iron rod partially circling the Boom to which Sheet Block is attached
2. To remove water from a Boat, as with a bucket or a pump.

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)
Sail Tie
A quick release Knot used primairly for furling sails. Similar to the Sheet Bend, but finished by passing a Bight rather then the free end when finishing the Knot.

Many ships would have a supply of short Lines already having a Bight spliced in one end to used for creating Sail ties.

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Heart of Oak
A british naval song wirtten by David Garrick that starts:

´Come cheer up, my lads, ´tis to glory we steer,
To add something more to this wonderful year´

Set to music by Willian Boyce in 1759 and commerating that same year "the year of vistories" or "the wonderful year" as the song proclaims. This is based on the victories at Lagos, Quiberon Bay, and the capture of Quebec - which all occured in that year during the seven years war 1756-63.

It was l...
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
To allow the Bow of a vessel move to Leeward or further away from the Eye of the wind.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
A specific component of the Wake consisting of loose and broken water. It includes water thrown Aft by the Propeller and the waves that roll off the side of the Boat.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
The collection of all equipment used to Sail a bost, including sails, booms and gaffs, Lines and blocks.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Yellow Admiral
A somewhat dirogatory term from the British navy that describes a post-captain that has been promoted to admiral on retirement such that they never served at that rank.

Before 1864 the British fleet was divided into Red, White, and Blue squadrons, with the admirals taking their rank from their squadronal colour. Blue being junior to white which was in turn junior to red.

A Yellow Admiral, therefore did not fit and thus had no real rank at all.

After the Napoleonic War (1803-1815) there ...
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
1. A man made structure projecting from, or along side the shore making up part of a Port or dockside, Alongside which vessels may tie-up.

2. A Breakwater protecting a Harbor entrance

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
A short Line used for making anything fast
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
The collection of sails (jibs and staysails) foreward of the Foremast.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
A type of Schooner without a Bowsprit.
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)
A type of Hull shaped to glide easily across the top of the water at high speed.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Quartering Sea
When the wind, and thus the waves, are falling on a boat´s quarter.
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