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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: carlin, carlins (n)
Definition: Carling
See Also: carling

Term: carline (n)
Definition: Carling
See Also: carling

Term: carling, carlings (n)
Definition: The fore-and-aft deck supports in a wooden ship, and the fore-and-aft framing around a hatch opening. Also spelled: carlin, carline.

Term: carpenter's walk (n)
Definition: A narrow space between the hull and interior bulkheads where the ship's carpenter could inspect for damage and make repairs.

Term: carrack (n)
Definition: A large galleon of the 15th C.
See Also: galleon

Term: carronade (n)
Definition: A relatively light cannon firing a 32 pound ball or shot, used for close range engagements, named for the Carron foundry in Scotland.
See Also: cannon

Term: carry away (v)
Definition: To break or come loose from its proper mount.

Term: carvel built (adj)
Definition: Having the planks joined flush at the seams, without overlaps or protruding edges.
See Also: lapstrake, clinker built

Term: carvel planking (n)
Definition: Planking joined flush at the seams without overlaps or protruding edges.

Term: cast away (v)
Definition: Forced from a ship by a disaster.

Term: cast off (v)
Definition: To let go the docking lines in order to get under way. To remove the dock lines, or to free them from their cleats; as in: “Cast off the spring lines!”
See Also: let go

Term: castaway (n)
Definition: A crewmember or passenger who survives the sinking of a ship, and is left adrift or stranded.

Term: cat (n)
Definition: 1) A ship of the 18th C. similar to Norwegian coal ships. The British sometimes employed a cat, such as the HMS Endeavour, which was used by Captain Cook for extensive voyages. 2) Short for the cat o’ nine tails.
See Also: cat o' nine tails

Term: cat boat, catboat (n)
Definition: A small sailing boat with a single mast stepped right in the bow, traditionally broad in the beam, light weight, with a shallow draft and carrying a centerboard. The New England catboat often has a long bowsprit to support the mast and foresails, and a very long boom.
See Also: cat rig

Term: cat o' nine tails (n)
Definition: A lash made of unlaid three ply rope. Since there are three lays in each of the three plys of a twisted rope, when unlaid there would be nine strands or nine tails.

Term: cat rig (n)
Definition: A sail plan having a single sail with the mast stepped right in the bow, and a long boom.

Term: cat rigged (adj)
Definition: Referring to a boat carrying a cat rig.
See Also: cat boat

Term: cat's paw (n)
Definition: 1) A hitch thrown in the bight of a line by twisting two loops close together. The hitch may then be dropped over a hook at the end of hoisting tackle. 2) A ruffled surface patch on otherwise still water indicating a puff of wind.
See Also: knot, hitch

Term: cat, catting (v)
Definition: To swing the anchor up under the cathead so that it is secure and clear of the water.
See Also: cathead

Term: catamaran (n)
Definition: A vessel with two hulls joined by a deck and bracing. Sailing catamarans usually are designed with asymetric hulls, each of which operates most efficiently when the boat heels and the opposite hull is lifted clear of the water.
See Also: trimaran

Term: catch a crab (v)
Definition: To splash the blade of an oar in the water on the return stroke, an error in rowing technique.

Term: cathead (n)
Definition: A sturdy timber projecting over the side at the bow to which the anchor may be boused in order to swing it up out of the way and clear of the water.

Term: cathedral hull (n)
Definition: A complex bottom shape employed in some modern speedboat designs.

Term: catwalk (n)
Definition: Finger pier. A narrow dock walkway which provides access to a vessel.

Term: caulk (v)
Definition: To fill and seal a seam with caulking compound.

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