By Jack Lagan
A, B, Sea is an interesting, complete 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 comprises many new entries, a few basically from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. filled with sensible suggestion, this can be a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated through passages from vintage books of the ocean, others through 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 decision among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you want to vote for the latter whenever. the united states Coast defend definitely does.
carry away, to: whilst any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...
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Alan Villiers said that “Only fools and passengers drink at sea,” thus confirming that ocean cruising must be a fool’s game. See dehydration. a-lee (or a’lee) 1. ” is often used to tell the crew to release the leeward foresail sheet and haul in on the windward side. 2. the side of a boat, island, or some other object away from the direction of the wind. The sheets were frozen hard and they cut the naked hand; The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand; The wind was a nor’wester, blowing squally off the sea; And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.
Aladdin cleat (Aladdin hook) a cleat or hook fixed to the backstay (or main boom) and used to hang a lantern over the cockpit; can be very atmospheric. The lamp can also double as an anchor light, even though it should be in the bow. ” This seems a little odd because this 10kg (22lb) cross between a duck and a sail-plane is believed to be gatherer of food from the surface of the ocean rather than beneath it. It eats fish, as you would expect, but a good deal of this is ripped from large floating carcasses, suggesting that the albatross is not as nimble as the gannet.
The date is 18 January 1968 and he is south of Sandy Cape “tired and stiff with the violent motion” from a gale that had just subsided. The sea was calm and it was blowing Force 2 on his bow: It was tack and tack to gain a few miles south. The wind went right around the compass twice, and I was kept busy changing sail to try to make the most of it and coax the yacht along. I lowered the mainsail and set the mizzen staysail. I lowered the working jib and set the big genoa. Then the wind went to south and I lowered the mizzen staysail and set the mainsail, lowered the big genoa and set the working jib.
A, B, Sea. A Loose-Footed Lexicon by Jack Lagan