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By Jack Lagan

A, B, Sea is an exciting, entire consultant 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 thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment version contains many new entries, a few basically from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. filled with functional suggestion, this can be a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated by means of passages from vintage books of the ocean, others via the author's reviews aboard an American schooner with a eu engine and packing containers of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and exciting dictionary contain:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you'll want to vote for the latter each time. the united states Coast safeguard definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...

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Four months later, the electrics had been rewired, furniture had been added to the main cabin, a flash instrument panel to the cockpit and the installation of a hydraulic steering system, which relegated the mechanical one we already had to the role of backup. Then came the problem of the books. We already had a shelf that ran along the back of the sofa. It had a fiddle that ran along the edge but I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach: it wasn’t going to do the job. Something more substantial was needed but we had to get out of that damn boatyard and start traveling.

Rather than ask what he had been smoking, the scientific community believed him. Even Izaak Walton went on about “the barnacles and young goslings bred by the sun’s heat and the rotten planks of an old ship, and hatched of trees” (The Compleat Angler, 1653). Once it was discovered that the “barnacle” went to the Arctic to breed, common sense prevailed, on this matter at least. barometer a device for determining the current atmospheric pressure in millibars; one of the two shiny brass instruments traditionally mounted on the forward bulkhead of the main cabin (the other is the chronometer).

Advection fog a type of fog that occurs when humid (warm, moist) air comes into contact with water cool enough to lower the air temperature below its dew point, thus forcing visible droplets of water to separate from the air and form a fog. The coast of California is very susceptible to advection fog. See convection fog. aft the rear end of a vessel; the stern. ” aground not floating; in other words your tidefall calculation was wrong or you were not paying attention to the depth finder and, before long, your keel is stuck firmly on the bottom and you are brewing a cup of tea.

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