By Jack Lagan
A, B, Sea is an wonderful, complete advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's word list of nautical phrases comprises definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment variation contains many new entries, a few simply from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. jam-packed with sensible suggestion, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated via passages from vintage books of the ocean, others by way of the author's reviews aboard an American schooner with a ecu engine and packing containers of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and interesting dictionary contain:
Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you want to vote for the latter each time. the U.S. Coast defend definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...
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I had used as a book-plate for several years a design of an astrolabe, several of my boats had been called by that name, and it seemed now a fitting symbol for a unit that would have to navigate its way by the stars, so I took my book-plate to a Jewish silversmith off the Shareh El Manakh and got him to cut in brass a reduced and simplified design of this astrolabe, which we would use as a hat badge. (Astrolabe is a name given to several astronomical instruments formerly used to measure the altitude of stars, before the adoption of the sextant at sea and the theodolite on land.
Ashore not at sea, not afloat. In the pub maybe? astern in the direction of the stern. A yacht may be traveling backward when “going astern,” but not necessarily. The engine may be “going astern” merely as a means of slowing or stopping a yacht’s forward motion. astrolabe an astronomical and navigation device of Arabic origin dating from about 200 BC, possibly earlier, used for measuring the elevation of celestial objects. In its simplest form the astrolabe is a fixed disc calibrated in degrees, with a rotating sighting-bar (an alidade) pivoted at its center.
Advanced reefing systems go some way toward solving the problem, but these also add to the other negative features of these rigs—their cost and vulnerability to failure. See also unstayed vs. stayed rigs. berth 1. a fixed bunk on a ship for sleeping in (or recovering). 2. a place in a harbor, marina, or yacht haven where a vessel may be secured. 3.