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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: hooker (n)
Definition: 1) An old, awkward or homely boat. 2) A fishing boat of the waters around England. 3) A Great Lakes schooner used to carry a cargo of logs and to tow barges.
See Also: scow

Term: hoops (n)
Definition: Laminated wooden rings strung loosely around the mast to which the sails of a gaff-rigged vessel are laced. The hoops ride easily up and down the mast as the sail is hoisted or lowered.
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Term: hopper (n)
Definition: The hold of a dredge which can be opened at the bottom to dump its load.

Term: horizon (n)
Definition: The line of separation between sea and sky as perceived by an observer. Since the earth is spherical, the surface curvature allows a visible horizon of only a few miles in any direction, depending on the height of the observer above the surface.
See Also: apparent horizon

Term: horn (n)
Definition: An aid to navigation fitted with an electrically operated sounding device to warn of dangerous waters. Horns are usually mounted ashore on a promentory, but occasionally may be found rigged on a buoy in waters too calm to operate a gong or whistle buoy.
See Also: gong, whistle, bell

Term: horn timber (n)
Definition: A slanted timber extension of the keel for mounting a counter transom.

Term: hornpipe (n)
Definition: 1) A small reeded musical wind instrument. 2) A lively dance performed to the music of a hornpipe.

Term: horse (n)
Definition: A metal bar transversely mounted just above the deck under the boom to which the sheet block for the sail is connected with a ring that slides from side to side as the boat tacks.
See Also: traveler, boom traveler

Term: horse (v)
Definition: To put tremendous physical effort into a task, as in: "The anchor is fouled; we will have to horse it up.:"
See Also: sweat

Term: horse latitudes (n)
Definition: Ocean areas characterized by high pressure weather systems and light winds, found about 35 degrees north or south of the equator. The term originated from ships carrying horses finding themselves becalmed there for long periods during which many horses died.
See Also: Northern Subtropical Divergence, Bermuda high

Term: hosepipe (n)
Definition: A hose or flexible pipe used for washing down the decks.

Term: hot bunking (v)
Definition: Sleeping in a berth that has just been vacated by another seaman who has just gone on watch. Since shipboard activity continues 24 hours a day, some ships provided sufficient bunks for only one watch because the other watch was on duty and not needing berths.
See Also: bunk, berth, watch
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2005/12/bells-and-watches.html

Term: hotel (n)
Definition: The phonetic term used on radio transmissions to represent the letter "h".
See Also: phonetic alphabet

Term: hounds (n)
Definition: The part of the mast near the top where the lower shrouds are mounted. The reinforcing timbers at the top of the mainmast where the topmast is mounted
See Also: bibbs, trestletrees
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Term: houseboat (n)
Definition: A vessel that emphasizes living accomodations and minimizes seaworthiness and propulsion

Term: housing (n)
Definition: The part of the mast belowdeck between the heel and the partners.

Term: hove (v)
Definition: Past tense of heave.
See Also: heave

Term: hove to (n)
Definition: A vessel that has come up into the wind and stopped.

Term: Hovercraft (n)
Definition: Trademark name for a ground effect machine that is supported on a column of air and can operate over land or water.

Term: hoy (n)
Definition: 1) A small sloop rigged coasting ship of the 16th C. 2) A barge.

Term: hulk (n)
Definition: 1) The remains of a ship that has become wrecked. 2) A very heavy, massive or beamy ship.

Term: hull (n)
Definition: The body of a ship between the deck and the keel. The shaped structure of the bottom of a vessel that provides buoyancy and seaworthiness.

Term: hull down (adj)
Definition: Describing a distant ship whose rigging is visible, but whose hull cannot be seen below the horizon.

Term: hull speed (n)
Definition: The maximum speed attainable by a displacement hull vessel no matter how much power is applied; as in: “The hull speed of that cruiser is nine knots.”
See Also: displacement speed

Term: hurricane (n)
Definition: A violent tropical cyclonic storm of the Atlantic carrying winds in excess of 75 miles per hour.
See Also: typhoon


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