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A NAUTICAL GLOSSARY
William A. Robinson
May 28, 1956
bight: a bay on a coast or a loop in a ropebitt: vertical deck fitting to which an end of rope can be made fastchannels: projections out from side of ship to which lower end of rigging is fasteneddead before wind: in exact direction wind is travelingeyes of the ship: extreme bow of ship near anchor—cable holes in forward bulwarksfathom: six feetfollowing sea: waves coming in directly astern Humboldt Current: ocean current running north along the Chilean and Peruvian coastsleeward: direction toward which wind is blowingleeway: sidewise, downwind drift of a shippoint: an angular measure equal to 1/32 part of a circle, or 11��pooping: ship overswept by waves from asternquartering sea: waves coming in obliquely from astern, roughly 45� from the fore-and-aft line of the shipsaloon: dining or main cabin of a shiptumble home: inward inclination of ship's sides above water-line or of cabin sideswindward: direction from which wind is blowing
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May 28, 1956

A Nautical Glossary

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bight: a bay on a coast or a loop in a rope
bitt: vertical deck fitting to which an end of rope can be made fast
channels: projections out from side of ship to which lower end of rigging is fastened
dead before wind: in exact direction wind is traveling
eyes of the ship: extreme bow of ship near anchor—cable holes in forward bulwarks
fathom: six feet
following sea: waves coming in directly astern
Humboldt Current: ocean current running north along the Chilean and Peruvian coasts
leeward: direction toward which wind is blowing
leeway: sidewise, downwind drift of a ship
point: an angular measure equal to 1/32 part of a circle, or 11��
pooping: ship overswept by waves from astern
quartering sea: waves coming in obliquely from astern, roughly 45� from the fore-and-aft line of the ship
saloon: dining or main cabin of a ship
tumble home: inward inclination of ship's sides above water-line or of cabin sides
windward: direction from which wind is blowing

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