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An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:14
Whilst researching for my quizzes this week I found some rather interesting web sites which list nautical terms and their meanings.

So shiver me timbers, splice the mainbrace and where's yer buccaneers (on the side of me bucc............... best not!!!!! Very Happy )


Nautical Words, an A to Z :-

'abaft' = Toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft

'bottomry'!!!!!!!!! = Using the ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage

'demurrage' = Delay of vessel's departure or loading with cargo

'escutcheon' = Part of ship's stern where name is displayed

'futtock' = Rib of a ship

'gudgeon' = metal socket into which the pintle of a boat's rudder fits

'hawsehole' !!!!!!! = Hole for ship's cable

'inboard' = Inside the line of a ship's bulwarks or hull

'jurymast' = Mast erected on ship in place of one lost

'keelhaul' = To punish sailor by dragging under keel of ship

'lutchet' = Fitting on ship's deck to allow mast to pivot to pass under bridges

'moonraker' = Topmost sail of a ship, above the skyscraper

'nipper' = The anchor cable was a nine-stranded cable-laid rope which came through the hawse-pipe, ran alongside the two capstans (on the main-deck), and was stowed down in the cable tier beneath the main deck. Nippers were short pieces of rope (stoppers) one end of which would be fastened to the 'messenger', the other end to the cable, and as the cable was hove in, and the 'nippers' reached the barrel of the larger capstan, small boys would 'fleet' them (i.e. untie and move them) and fasten them on again near the small capstan.

It was from such circumstances that the word 'nipper' entered our language as the name for a small boy.

'oakum' = Old ropes untwisted for caulking the seams of ships

'poop' !!!!!! = Enclosed structure at stern of ship above main deck

'quarterdeck' = Part of ship's deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions

'rostrum' = A spike on prow of warship for ramming

'scuttlebutt' = A butt was a barrel. Scuttle meant to chop a hole in something. The 'scuttlebutt' was a water barrel with a hole cut into it so that sailors could reach in and dip out drinking water. The scuttlebutt was the place where the ship's gossip was exchanged.'

'trunnel' = A wooden shipbuilding peg used for fastening timbers

'unreeve' = To withdraw a rope from an opening

'vang' = A rope (line) leading from gaff to either side of the deck, used to prevent the gaff from sagging.

'windlass' = A winch used to raise a ship's anchor

'xebec' = A small three-masted pirate ship

'zabra' = A small Spanish sailing vessel
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:19
'Escutcheon' I understood to be one of those metal plates around a door handle to prevent damage to the door.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:20
A gudgeon pin is what attaches the con-rod to the piston.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:21
@Hieronymous wrote:'Escutcheon' I understood to be one of those metal plates around a door handle to prevent damage to the door.

My thoughts, too.

Lutchet was/is also used on canal boats.  Toeing mast in middle of barge.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:25
Don't forget that Escutcheon and Gudgeon could have migrated/transferred from earlier nautical words into more modern terminology.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:27
@raymyjamie wrote:Don't forget that Escutcheon and Gudgeon could have migrated/transferred from earlier nautical words into more modern terminology.


Undisp Undisputt Probably. Rather like freezing the balls off a brass monkey.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:27
And what about futtock.  Wasnt there someone called Gruntfuttock in Round the Horn Razz Razz

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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:30
Inded there was Mrs A, well remembered

I thought you were much younger than you obviously are!!!!!!!!!! affraid affraid affraid Very Happy
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on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:31
I AM. Shocked Shocked Very Happy

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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Thu Mar 26 2015, 21:32
@Admin wrote:And what about futtock.  Wasnt there someone called Gruntfuttock in Round the Horn Razz Razz

And so it descends. (Correct, by the way)

Now who's going to tell us what a 'drunken sailor' was?
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Fri Mar 27 2015, 09:24
But what are those things called sailors use for clubs off the rails of ships? Wink
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Fri Mar 27 2015, 10:08
I was once asked where my Buccaneers were and I told them they were under my Buccan hat.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Fri Mar 27 2015, 15:49
I see no mention of "spare lash"
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Fri Mar 27 2015, 15:58
On't side o' me buccan ed!

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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Fri Mar 27 2015, 19:21
@Joseph wrote:But what are those things called sailors use for clubs off the rails of ships? Wink

A wise man once told me they were called 'pins', Mester. Very Happy

I actually looked at the above A - Z list last night to see if I could provide a P (and give you credit, of course). P was taken.

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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Fri Mar 27 2015, 23:03
davey jones locker confused
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 10:19
@Corky Ringspot wrote:
@Joseph wrote:But what are those things called sailors use for clubs off the rails of ships? Wink

A wise man once told me they were called 'pins', Mester.   Very Happy

I actually looked at the above A - Z list last night to see if I could provide a P (and give you credit, of course).  P was taken.


Yes, rail pins, Mester.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 11:39
anyone know what a "spare lash" is ?
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 17:27
Is it naughty?
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 17:50
Who knows these:

Sandy bottoms
Pier head jump

And why is it:

2, 6, heave
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 17:54
That 2,6, heave has puzzled me for ages, Up Spirits. And google didn't help in the past.
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 18:13
Pull in a coordinated fashion. All about Muscle.

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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 18:19
@Mac wrote:Pull in a coordinated fashion. All about Muscle.

Yes, but why 2, 6?
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Re: An A to Z of Nautical Words

on Sat Mar 28 2015, 18:20
Gun crew. Team of 6, all numbered. Numbers 2 and 6 pull the cannon. Though it's a myth allegedly.


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on Sat Mar 28 2015, 18:23
Gerroff!
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