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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: constellation (n)
Definition: A group of stars related by imaginary figures. Such groups of stars are easily recognised, and are used by seamen to identify specific stars by their relationship to others in the celestial sphere.

Term: construction plan (n)
Definition: One of the drawings of a boat design package showing the inboard profile of the vessel, as though it were split lengthwise, revealing the main timbers, shape and position of the cabin, passageways, mast steps and partners, engine installation, rudder assembly, ports, decking and much more.

Term: container (n)
Definition: A shipping box about the size of a road trailer, used to carry small mixed cargo on board ship.
See Also: container ship

Term: container ship (n)
Definition: A merchant ship specifically constructed to carry cargo in containers.
See Also: container

Term: continental shelf (n)
Definition: That part of a geologic continent which is submerged along the coastline. The shallow submerged plain along a coastline extending between the shore and the ocean depths.
See Also: off soundings, on soundings

Term: controls (n)
Definition: 1) The remote instruments and levers which are used to operate and steer a vessel, as in: “The mate is at the controls during the midwatch.” 2) The station from which the vessel is operated.
See Also: wheelhouse, bridge

Term: convoy (n)
Definition: 1) A group of ships travelling together for mutual protection 2) A group of ships operating with a protective escort, usually in wartime.

Term: coordinates (n)
Definition: A set of grid references such as longitude and latitude which identify a location or position on a chart; as in: “What will be the coordinates of our next course change?”
See Also: latitude, longitude

Term: coracle (n)
Definition: A small round, light boat similar to a kayak made of hide stretched over light hooped frames, once common in Wales and in some rivers of Ireland and Scotland.
See Also: kayak, currach

Term: coral reef (n)
Definition: A shoal created out of the exoskelotons of crustacians and coral animals over eons of time.
See Also: reef, shoal, atoll

Term: cordage (n)
Definition: Collectively all the rope used aboard ship, or all the lines in the rigging.

Term: corinthian (n)
Definition: A derogatory term for a boat owner who is grossly self indulgent and cheerfully ignores seamanlike ways. “Oops! Was I going too fast? Sorry! Send me the bill! Bye now!” “Bloody corinthian!”
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/snobs-and-corinthians.html

Term: corrected time (n)
Definition: The actual elapsed time less a time allowance or handicap for a yacht to complete a race. A time allowance is employed so that yachts of different designs and sizes may compete in the same race; as in: “She finished sixth across the line, but with corrected time, she was awarded first place.”

Term: correction (n)
Definition: A quantity applied to navigation computations which adjusts for known variable factors and leads to a more accurate result; as in: “The chronometer loses one second a day, so include that correction in your computations.”

Term: corsair (n)
Definition: A pirate, or a pirate ship. (archaic)
See Also: pirate, freebooter

Term: corvette (n)
Definition: 1) A fast, highly manoeuvrable warship, somewhat smaller than a destroyer. 2) An armed sailing ship smaller than a frigate. (archaic)

Term: cotter pin, cotter key (n)
Definition: A folded pin whose ends can be spread to secure it in a bolt hole.

Term: counter (n)
Definition: 1) The overhanging stern portion of the hull of a vessel. The outboard stern portion of the hull between the waterline and the rail, especially as it applies to the lines of the vessel. 2) Reverse counter: The stern portion of the hull which is built to angle inboard instead of outboard as is more traditional.

Term: course (n)
Definition: The planned direction of movement of a ship, or the path over the water which a ship plans to follow, usually expressed in terms of an angle of a circle measured from True or Magnetic North; as in: “We had to sail by the lee from time to time to stay on course.”

Term: cove (n)
Definition: A small bay or sheltered inlet.

Term: covering board (n)
Definition: The wider outermost plank of the deck mounted over the tops of the frames and covering the sheer strake of a decked boat.
See Also: finishing piece, cap

Term: coxswain (pron: cock-sun) (n)
Definition: 1) A sailor who operates the ship’s launch. 2) The crewman who steers a racing shell and controls the rhythm and speed of the oarsmen

Term: crab (v)
Definition: To compensate for current or leeway by correcting the heading to one side of the actual course.
See Also: heading, course

Term: cradle (n)
Definition: A frame built to support a vessel when it is hauled out.

Term: crance (n)
Definition: An iron band, at the end of a bowsprit, fitted with eyes to take the bowsprit shrouds and the bobstay. (Thanks to Tony Bell)


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