A to Z of Nautical Words

Started by: raymyjamie (6857)

Shiver me timbers and splice the mainbrace, here are some interesting nautical words, an A to Z :-

'abaft' = Toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft

'bottomry'!!!!!!!!! = Using the ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage

‘cable’ = Synonym of rope

'demurrage' = Delay of vessel's departure or loading with cargo

'escutcheon' = Part of ship's stern where name is displayed

'futtock' = Rib of a ship

'gudgeon' = metal socket into which the pintle of a boat's rudder fits

'hawsehole' !!!!!!! = Hole for ship's cable

'inboard' = Inside the line of a ship's bulwarks or hull

'jurymast' = Mast erected on ship in place of one lost

'keelhaul' = To punish sailor by dragging under keel of ship

'lutchet' = Fitting on ship's deck to allow mast to pivot to pass under bridges

'moonraker' = Topmost sail of a ship, above the skyscraper

'nipper' = The anchor cable was a nine-stranded cable-laid rope which came through the hawse-pipe, ran alongside the two capstans (on the main-deck), and was stowed down in the cable tier beneath the main deck.
Nippers were short pieces of rope (stoppers) one end of which would be fastened to the 'messenger', the other end to the cable, and as the cable was hove in, and the 'nippers' reached the barrel of the larger capstan, small boys would 'fleet' them (i.e. untie and move them) and fasten them on again near the small capstan.
It was from such circumstances that the word 'nipper' entered our language as the name for a small boy.

'oakum' = Old ropes untwisted for caulking the seams of ships

'poop' !!!!!! = Enclosed structure at stern of ship above main deck

'quarterdeck' = Part of ship's deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions

'rostrum' = A spike on prow of warship for ramming

'scuttlebutt' = The 'scuttlebutt' was a water barrel with a hole cut into it so that sailors could reach in and dip out drinking water.
The scuttlebutt was the place where the ship's gossip was exchanged.'

'trunnel' = A wooden shipbuilding peg used for fastening timbers

'unreeve' = To withdraw a rope from an opening

'vang' = A rope (line) leading from gaff to either side of the deck, used to prevent the gaff from sagging.

'windlass' = A winch used to raise a ship's anchor

'xebec' = A small three-masted pirate ship

'zabra' = A small Spanish sailing vessel

Started: 3rd Mar 2021 at 18:45

Posted by: laughing gravy (inactive)

golden rivet... look that up ray

Replied: 3rd Mar 2021 at 18:50

Posted by: raymyjamie (6857)

LG it seems there is a ‘clean’ version and ‘rude’ version LOL !!!!!

A Golden Rivet refers to the claim in naval folklore that every ship is built containing a single, commemorative "golden rivet".

Enticing a new recruit down into the bowels of the ship for the purpose of homosexual activity!!!!!!!

Whodathowtit LOL

Replied: 3rd Mar 2021 at 19:03

Posted by: tomplum (7673) 

copper bottomed investment,
a square meal
on the fiddle
a haipenth of tar
over the yardarm
all seafaring sayings, and many more,

Replied: 3rd Mar 2021 at 21:47

Posted by: raymyjamie (6857)

Nice one Mester Tomp

Replied: 3rd Mar 2021 at 22:13

Posted by: raymyjamie (6857)

People would unravel individual strands from thick rope to use as caulking between the the ships timbers, hence ‘money for old rope’.

Replied: 3rd Mar 2021 at 22:17

Posted by: peebee (584) 

Money for old rope.

Replied: 3rd Mar 2021 at 22:21

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

So Golden Rivet is one of those naughty nautical terms.

Thanks for those.

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 10:14

Posted by: jo anne (33694) 

anchor windlass
A winch used to raise a ship’s anchor

Windlasses are used on Wigan Flight too, but are a much simpler bit of kit. You attach them to a lock’s mechanism so you can wind a ground/gate paddle up or down.

A windlass being used by Colin of Foxes Afloat

YouTube Video

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 10:43

Posted by: tonker (23931) 

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 11:27

Posted by: basil brush (16858)

Another good thread, ray

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 13:10

Posted by: raymyjamie (6857)

"Another good thread, ray "

Cheers BB

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 13:23

Posted by: raymyjamie (6857)

Thanks for your contributions folks

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 13:24

Posted by: Billinge Biker (868) 

"You'll never get through that port-hole Laddy".!! Who's turn in the barrel.

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 18:01

Posted by: tomplum (7673) 

Sinbad from Brookside ( channel 4 1980's) was so named because he was a window cleaner and never got into the corners, he served his time on ships cleaning portholes,

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 20:41

Posted by: tomplum (7673) 

Posh is a nautical term
Port side out starboard side home, , you had a cabin port side out from England but starboard side home from America, the the sun never shone in your cabin and spoiled the view,

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 20:45
Last edited by tomplum: 4th Mar 2021 at 20:46:53

Posted by: tonker (23931) 

"Just a cardi."!

Replied: 4th Mar 2021 at 22:15

Posted by: Anne (4002) 

Not as I understood posh. Sailing east to British Empire India before air conditioning, was mainly in the northern hemisphere. Port side would be shaded from hot sun outward/eastward and the opposite, homeward/westward.
The sun would always shine into your cabin going to/from America.

Replied: 5th Mar 2021 at 07:41
Last edited by Anne: 5th Mar 2021 at 07:53:14


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