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abox

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

An old sailing ship expression used in the days of square-riggers rigged with yards. To lay the head-yards abox was to lay them square to the foremast in order to heave to. This brought the...

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A-bracket

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The triangular bracket that extends from the hull of a powered vessel to give support to the propeller shafts.

See also shipbuilding.

See also shipbuilding.

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abreast

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A position of a ship in relation to another or to a recognizable mark or place, being directly opposite to the ship, mark, or place. Thus when a vessel is abreast, say, a lightship, then...

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a-burton

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A term used in the old days of seafaring in the stowage of casks in the hold of a ship when they are laid athwartships, in line with the deck beams. In those times all ships had to take a...

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accommodation

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

An old term for a cabin when fitted for the use of passengers.

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acorn

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The small ornamental piece of wood, usually in the shape of either an acorn or a cone, which was fixed on the top of the spindle on the masthead of a sailing vessel which carried the vane....

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acrostolium

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Architecture.

Part of the prow of an Antique warship, often circular, spiral, or shaped to resemble an animal: representations can be found on e.g. the columna rostrata.

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acting

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

A prefix used in most navies and merchant marine, and in similar services, to denote that a higher rank is being temporarily held. Payment is usually at the full rate for the acting rank or...

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active list

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

The list of officers of a navy or a merchant marine who, as in all similar services, are actually serving or are liable to be called upon for active service at any time. Officers on the...

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actuaire

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

(French), 18th- and early 19th-century open transport for troops, propelled by both oars and sails.

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