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There's a word for it.

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Nautical Glossary

ABEAM- anything perpendicular to the structure of the ship; off the side.

AFT- toward the rear of the vessel or to the stern.

AMIDSHIPS- in the middle of the vessel.

BALLAST- weight placed in the ship to keep her on an even keel when empty.

BEAM- width of ship at the widest point.

BEARING- compass direction expressed in degrees.

BERTH- nautical term for bed in your cabin or where vessel docks in port.

BOATSWAIN  - the warrant officer or petty officer in charge of the rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew. Don't pronounce this the way it's spelled. (Say BOW-sen).

BOW- the forward part of te ship.

BRIDGE- ship’s command center located above and forward of the passenger areas. Passengers are sometimes admitted with special invitation.

DECK- each floor of a ship.

DISEMBARK or DEBARK- to get off a ship.

DRILL- any exercise ordered by the captain, like the lifeboat drill on te first evening out.

EMBARK- to board a ship.

FATHOM- a measure of six feet; used in determining the depth of water by soundings.

FLAGS- ships talk to each other with flags in an international code of signals that all nations understand. While the flag hosted on a private yacht might say "Some over for a drink" the signals on a large ship leaving port will show if a pilot is on board and what type of cargo is carried. Signal flags are never flown at sea, except when a vessel is in distress. The ship’s country of registry is flown from the stern, and her country of destination appears from the yardarms of the foremast.

FREE PORT- a port not included in customs territory, or one that is free from import taxes. St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a fee port.

GALLEY- the kitchen.

GANGWAY- the bridge between ship and shore. Also called the gangplank as historically it was nothing more than a plank of wood.

GROSS REGISTERED TON- a measure of the size of a ship in terms of displacement. One hundred cubic feet equals one gross registered ton.

HELM- the entire steering apparatus of the ship.

KNOT- a unit of speed. One knot equals one nautical mile (6,080.2 feet) or approximately 1.15 land miles per hour. The speed of a vessel is measured in knots.

LEAGUE- a unit of distance. In English-speaking countries, a league is 3.45 nautical miles.

LEEWARD- the direction toward which the wind blows.

PILOT- a representative of the local port authority who comes aboard ship to aid in the final arrival.

PITCH- the rise and fall of the ship in the water.

PORT- the left side of the ship (when looking forward); also indicated by he red navigational light.

PORTHOLE- the round window on a ship.

REGISTRY- certificate of ownership.

ROLL- the sideways motion of the ship.

SHE- ships are always referred to in the female gender.

STABILIZER- a retractable fin extending into the water on either side of the vessel to ensure smooth sailing.

STARBOARD- the right side of the ship (while looking forward); also indicated by a green navigational light.

STERN- the rear section of the vessel.

TENDER- a small vessel, sometimes a lifeboat, used to carry passengers from ship to shore and vice versa.

THRUSTERS- many new vessels have propellers mounted in the hull sideways so that the ship can pull away from the dock under it’s own power.

WAKE - the trail a ship leaves in the water.

WEIGH ANCHOR- to raise anchor and prepare to get underway.

To clear up a few more mysteries-- abbreviations:

MS: Motor Ship

MTS: Motor Turbine Ship

MV: Motor Vessel

TSS: Turbine Steamship

SS: Steamship

USS: United States Ship

HMS: Her Majesty’s Ship (England)

RMS: Royal Mail Ship (England)

 

With all this jargon, you’re ready to embark!

 

         

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