A, B, Sea. A Loose-Footed Lexicon by Jack Lagan

By Jack Lagan

A, B, Sea is an exciting, entire advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's word list of nautical phrases contains definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment variation comprises many new entries, a few in simple terms from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. jam-packed with useful suggestion, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated by means of passages from vintage books of the ocean, others through the author's reports aboard an American schooner with a ecu engine and bins of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and interesting dictionary contain:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you'll want to vote for the latter at any time when. the USA Coast defend definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...

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The only problem in the Doldrums tends to be that, although the wind may drop, the sea doesn’t and you can end up wallowing uncomfortably for days on end. If the sea eases and you fancy a swim, stayed tied to the boat; it is remarkable how fast conditions can change. 5 9 41–47 Severe gale High waves with tumbling crests, dense foam, and spray affecting visibility 7 10 48–55 Storm Very high waves with long overhanging crests, heavy tumbling sea 9 11 56–63 Violent storm Exceptionally high waves, sea covered with long white patches of foam 11 12 64 plus Hurricane Air filled with foam and spray, sea white with driving spray, visibility seriously affected 14 becket an eye or loop fashioned from a rope and often incorporating a thimble.

I’m not sure where we’re going to stow two bottles of sherry. Alan Villiers said that “Only fools and passengers drink at sea,” thus confirming that ocean cruising must be a fool’s game. See dehydration. a-lee (or a’lee) 1. ” is often used to tell the crew to release the leeward foresail sheet and haul in on the windward side. 2. the side of a boat, island, or some other object away from the direction of the wind. The sheets were frozen hard and they cut the naked hand; The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand; The wind was a nor’wester, blowing squally off the sea; And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.

Rising = good, falling = bad; it honestly does not get much more sophisticated than that. barque (or bark) a sailing vessel with three or more masts, all square-rigged except the mizzen, which has a fore-and-aft rig. ” A handful of five-masted barques were built in the 1890s. barrier reef a coral reef that runs parallel to a main shoreline and some distance from it (in comparison with a fringe reef). batten a flexible piece of wood or plastic used to stiffen part of a sail; usually slid into pockets sewn into the sail and secured with ties at the leech.

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