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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: shaft horsepower (n)
Definition: A measurement of the kinetic power of an engine, ie the power that is transmitted to the drive shaft.

Term: shaft log (n)
Definition: 1) A counter attached to the propeller shaft of large vessels, used to approximate the speed of the ship. 2) A reinforcing heavy timber or metal fitting drilled to accommodate the propeller shaft.

Term: shake down (v)
Definition: To test the working equipment of a new ship, or one that has just been refitted.

Term: shakedown (n)
Definition: A limited sea excursion used to test all the mechanical and hull capabilities of a new vessel, or one which has undergone upgrading or maintenance work. Shakedown cruise.

Term: shakedown cruise (n)
Definition: A limited sea excursion for the purpose of testing all the working equipment of a ship before putting the vessel in service.

Term: shallop (n)
Definition: A shallow draft Mediterranean ship with two masts.

Term: shallow (adj)
Definition: Not deep, usually referring to water that is not deep enough for the draft of the ship.

Term: shallows (n)
Definition: Areas where the water is not deep enough for safe navigation

Term: shanghai (v)
Definition: To kidnap a man to work on a ship, using force or trickery or alcohol.
See Also: impress, crimp, press gang

Term: shank (n)
Definition: The main central post of an anchor.

Term: shantey (n)
Definition: Chantey.

Term: shanty (n)
Definition: Chantey.

Term: share (n)
Definition: A portion of the profit after expenses derived from a commercial voyage (such as a whaling expedition) promised as wages for each crewmember. For example, a crewman who was promised a half share for working on a voyage that netted $10,000 would be paid $50.
See Also: lay

Term: sharpie (n)
Definition: A shallow draft fishing boat with raked masts typical of Chesapeake Bay.

Term: she (pron)
Definition: Used to refer to any vessel. Traditionally, all boats and ships are referred to using the feminine pronoun, even when the name of the vessel is obviously masculine. “The Matthew E. Braddock...ah, she was a fine ship.”

Term: shear (n)
Definition: A hoisting rig for unshipping a mast employing two spars joined at the top from which the tackle is suspended. From the term shears, meaning like scissors.

Term: shear pin (n)
Definition: A soft metal pin connecting the propeller to the shaft. If the propeller were to catch on some object and stop suddenly, the pin would break saving the engine from severe damage.

Term: shearleg (n)
Definition: 1) A barge or other work vessel with a fixed boom for hoisting heavy objects. 2) A boom hoist rigged to move heavy objects on board ship.
See Also: hoist

Term: sheave (pron: shiv) (n)
Definition: The rotating wheel inside a block or pulley.

Term: sheer (n)
Definition: 1) The curved fore and aft line formed by the uppermost plank of a boat. 2) A turn or change of course. 3) The position of a vessel riding toward its anchor.

Term: sheer clamp (n)
Definition: A light longitudinal timber let into the frames just below the deck.

Term: sheer strake (n)
Definition: The uppermost plank of a wooden boat.

Term: sheet (n)
Definition: A line leading from the lee corner of a sail or the end of a boom and used to control the angle of the sail to the wind.
See Also: running rigging

Term: sheet anchor (n)
Definition: 1) A large emergency anchor. 2) A book of instructions, list of rules, or a newspaper. In a broad sense, this dictionary is a sheet anchor, providing information that keeps the seaman from drifting. 3) Any resource that a seaman relies on in the face of danger.
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2005/11/sheet-anchor.html

Term: sheet bend (n)
Definition: A hitch used to temporarily connect a line to an eye or the bight of another line.


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