The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results
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1) The land at the water’s edge usually covered by shell debris, sand or small pebbles; as in: “She likes to collect shells on the beach.” 2) Ashore, meaning anywhere there is dry land; as in: “The captain’s next assignment was on the beach.”
To run a ship onto the shore, or ground the ship by running into shore. When done gently this is perfectly acceptable in a small boat, but in a larger boat or ship this is a serious error in navigation. In an extreme emergency, a ship’s captain may elect to beach his vessel to keep it from sinking in deep water or for easier rescue of his passengers and crew.