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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: gaff (n)
Definition: 1) The spar to which a four-sided fore-and-aft sail is bent at the head. 2) A long-handled hook used for lifting a fish on board.
See Also: boathook

Term: gaff (v)
Definition: To hook (a fish) with a gaff in order to lift it on board.

Term: gaff jaws (n)
Definition: The U shaped structure at the forward end of the boom on a gaff rigged vessel, shaped to fit loosely around the mast.

Term: gaff rig (n)
Definition: A vessel having four-sided fore and aft sails hoisted with a gaff at the head.

Term: gaff rigged (adj)
Definition: Having four-sided fore-and-aft sails which are hoisted with a gaff at the head.

Term: gaff topsail (tops'l) (n)
Definition: A triangular sail hoisted between the gaff and the masthead, with the foot bent to the throat and peak of the gaff.
See Also: topsail, yankee

Term: gale (n)
Definition: A strong wind, or, more specifically, a wind of 32 to 63 miles per hour.
See Also: Beaufort scale

Term: galleass (n)
Definition: A 16th C war galley.

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

Term: gallery (n)
Definition: 1) A platform at the stern of a ship. 2) A belowdecks area where the guns were mounted to fire through openings in the topsides.

Term: galley (n)
Definition: 1) The compartment where food is prepared and cooked. Note to lubbers: there is no kitchen on board a ship. 2) An ancient ship of the Mediterranean carrying one square downwind sail, and having rowing stations belowdeck. The oars were usually manned by slaves.
See Also: caboose

Term: galley news (n)
Definition: Gossip.
See Also: scuttlebutt
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/11/galley-news.html

Term: galliot (n)
Definition: 1) A small fast Mediterranean galley. 2) A merchant ship of Holland.

Term: gallows (n)
Definition: A sturdy framework mounted beneath the mainsail to support the boom when the sail is doused and to permit crew to pass underneath.
See Also: crotch, tabernacle

Term: gam (n)
Definition: 1) A cordial meeting between two whaling ships at sea. 2) A group of whales.

Term: gamming (v)
Definition: Manoeuvring close abeam another ship by backing sails in order to exchange news at sea.

Term: gammon iron (n)
Definition: A circular band of iron used to secure the bowsprit to the stem of the vessel. (Thanks to Tony Bell)
See Also: bowsprit, stem

Term: gang board (n)
Definition: A removable deck plank.

Term: gang way! (interjection)
Definition: A shout to alert others to move aside and make room for a shipmate to pass through on urgent business.

Term: gangplank (n)
Definition: A moveable ladder or ramp used for boarding a vessel from the dock. Brow.
See Also: brow

Term: gangway (n)
Definition: A passageway or ladder.

Term: gantline (n)
Definition: A block and tackle arrangement used for hoisting.

Term: gantry (n)
Definition: A scaffolding formed like a bridge over a ship in drydock, affording shipyard workers access to the outboard hull.
See Also: travel lift

Term: garboard, garboard strake (n)
Definition: The first plank next to the keel, usually fastened to the keelson or keel batten.
See Also: keelson, keel batten, strake

Term: garland (n)
Definition: 1) A small rope ring used in fastening a hoist. 2) A sturdy wooden rack mounted by the cannons on the gundeck and used to store a handy supply of cannon balls.
See Also: brass monkey, wedding garland
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2005/12/garlands-and-brass-monkeys.html


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