Sailors' Language; a Collection of Sea-Terms and Their Definitions

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 174 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...building small vessels by bending battens to the stem, sternpost, and keel without laying off. Monitor.--Armoured steamer, of small draught, with one or more revolving turrets furnished with large guns. An American. term. Monkey.--An iron sliding ram used in driving in armour bolts in ironclads. Monkey-block.--A small single block stropped with a swivel. Monkey-poop.--This name has been given to a platform connecting a fore and after cabin in the after part of a vessel. It may also signify a very short poop. Monkey-pump.--A pipe-stem or straw for sucking the contents of a cask. Monkey-sparred.--Said of a ship when under-rigged. Monsoons.--Trade-winds in the Indian Ocean. Moon-blink.--Blindness caused by sleeping in the moonlight. Mooney.--Partially intoxicated. Moon-rakers.--Small sails above the sky-sails. Afoon-sail.--A sail above the sky-sail. Moon-sheered.--Said of a ship with high upper works. Aloor.--A ship is moored when she has two anchors down in different directions. Mooring-board.--A device to enable a ship moored and belonging to a fleet to ascertain the bearing and distance of either of her anchors from a given point. Alooring-pipes.--Apertures in a steamer's side for leading ropes for mooring purposes. Afoorings.--Buoys to which vessels are fastened. Mooring-swivel.--A swivel to prevent a ship from getting a foul hawse when moored. Aloorsonfs rule.--A method of ascertaining the internal capacity of a ship by expressing it in cubic feet, and dividing by 100, each 100 feet to be a ton. Morning gun.--A gun fired to announce daybreak. Alorning watch.--The watch from four a.m. till eight a.m. Aiortar.--A gun to throw life-lines to vessels in distress. Alorticed-block.--A single block of wood hollowed to receive a sheave. Mortices.--Square holes in ...

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