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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)
The International Search And Rescue compitition held annually (and alternately) in the US and Canada where teams from the US and Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary compete in various SAR events.

ISAR was last held in 2005 and there is no plan to continue it in favour of more direct joint training between the USA and Canada.

The things sailors do (8 terms)
To lean out over the side of a smaller sailing vessel to balance it against the force of the wind. In some vessels an apparatus is rigged to assist in leaning our further called a trapeze.
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Dead ahead
Directly in front of the vessel.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
A nickname for British sailors coined by the Americans. It referrs to the British regulation that all registered ships had to cary a supply of lime juice and issue the same to the crew to prevent Scurvy.
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)
A very common Knot used to Bend two Lines of the same diameter. If used to tie Lines of differing diameter it may slip.

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.

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Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Back water
To stop the progress of a Dinghy by pushing on the handles of the oars (forcing water opposite to the normal direction for rowing)
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Typically spoken of in terms of RADAR Plotting: the closest distance at which it is calculated that a target vessel will pass (or approach)
The parts of ships (131 terms)
1. Rope used for various purposes Aboard Ship.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Also Bosun, 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)
1. A shore that wind blows onto; it is best to Stay well off a Lee shore in a storm.

2. Sometimes used as a metaphor in an expression to signify danger.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
The Lines that support the spars and move the sails and yards (standing and running Rigging)
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)
Two-masted vessel with the Fore Mast being square rigged and after Mast usually Gaff rigged.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
A Spar Forward of Bowsprit that supports the Forward most staysails.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
An older name for a Messenger used to assist in weighing the Anchor.
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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