Life on the Ocean: Or Twenty Years at Sea: Being the Personal Adventures of the Author

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Waite, Peirce, 1844 - Seafaring life - 395 pages

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Page 17 - To slip 1/tr cable. To let it run quite out, when there is not time to weigh the anchor. To slue. To turn any cylindrical piece of timber about its axis without removing it. Thus, to slue a most, or Imiin, is to turn it in its cap or boom iron.
Page 17 - Is applied to yards that are very long, as taunt is to high masts. Square the yards. — To brace the yards so that they may hang at right angles with the hull.
Page 18 - Steady ! The order to the helmsman to keep the ship in the direction she is going at that instant. Steering. The art of directing the ship's way by the movement of the helm.
Page 11 - Close hauled, the arrangement or trim of a ship's sails when she endeavours to make a progress in the nearest direction possible towards that point of the compass from which the wind blows.
Page 16 - A short bar of wood or iron fixed close to the capstan or windlass of a ship, to prevent those engines from rolling back, or giving way, when they are charged with any groat effort.
Page 15 - Oakum; old rope untwisted and pulled open. Off and on. When a ship is beating to windward, so that by one board she approaches towards the shore, and by the other stands out to sea, she is said to stand off and on shore.
Page 14 - KEEL; the principal piece of timber in a ship, which is usually first laid on the blocks in building. By comparing the carcass of a ship to the skeleton of the human body, the keel appears as the back-bone, and the timbers as the ribs.
Page 13 - To Haul the wind. To direct the ship's course nearer to the point from which the wind blows.
Page 9 - ... part of another ; whether they touch, or are at a small distance from each other, the transverse position of the former being prin,cipally understood. Athwart the Fore Foot ; when any object crosses the line of a ship's course, but ahead of her, it is said to be athwart the Fore Foot.
Page 268 - C., for God's sake, to come on deck, as there was a woman, dressed in black, who had inquired for him. Believing the sailor to be half drunk — as was generally the case, at that period, when vessels left port — I drove him away ; but he persisted in his importunities for Capt.

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