The SeaTalk Dictionary has become a standard reference for English nautical language around the world. Check out the Cluster Map at the bottom of this page to see what I mean.
For the past 40 years, this has been a labour of love. The mail I receive from seafaring folks and modellers around the world is truly gratifying. From the very beginning, I wanted this dictionary to be freely available to everyone...no subscriptions, no usernames, no access codes, or charges...and I want to keep it that way.
The SeaTalk Dictionary has always been FREE.
There were no home computers when I got started with this work. I painstakingly typed citations and definitions on 3X5 cards. I still have some of those cards.
My first computer was a Macintosh that cost me $4000 back in the 1990s. That was a big step forward for the dictionary. And then along came the Internet. With a pokey dial-up modem and the technical skill of webmaster Bruce Dienes, I was able to mount my first website seven years ago.
No dot com for SeaTalk. I chose the "info" suffix, because that represented exactly the kind of reference work I had in mind: free to everyone, always available, always growing and getting better. I paid all the bills out of my own pocket. Now I am asking you to help.
The index card was typed over 30 years ago. The illustrated website entry is a great improvement.
SeaTalk remains a free service. That's not going to change. But please, if you can afford to help with this service, pitch in a few dollars. Just click the DONATE button.