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actuairole

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(French), a small galley propelled by oars and used as a transport for troops up and down the French coast in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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admiral

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

In all maritime nations the title of the commander of a fleet or of a subdivision of it. The word comes from the Arabic word amir, prince or leader, and in the Mediterranean, as early as...

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Admiral Graf Spee

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German pocket battleship of the Deutschland class. Length/beam/draft: 186 m × 21.3 m × 7.25 m. Tons: 16,020 displacement. Hull: steel. Machinery: diesel, 52,050 shaft horsepower, 2 screws;...

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Admiral Popov

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This experimental circular ironclad, a remarkable type of warship, was the result of a quest for a gun platform of maximum stability. To obtain this goal, the Glasgow shipbuilder John ...

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Admiralty

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The law of admiralty encompasses claims which were originally within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court of England and Wales and which are now governed by the Admiralty Act 1988 ...

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Admiralty midshipman

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A term used in the British Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries to describe a midshipman who had served his time (six years) and passed his examination. He was appointed to a ship by...

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adornings

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A general name often used to describe the gingerbread work on the stern and quarters galleries of the old sailing ships, particularly naval, from about the 15th to the 19th centuries.

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adrift

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A term denoting floating at random, as of a boat or ship broken away from its moorings and at the mercy of wind and waves. To cast adrift a ship is to abandon it at sea; of persons, to...

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advantage

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The term used to describe the method used to reeve a tackle in order to gain the maximum increase in power. The power increase in a tackle is equal, if friction is disregarded, to the...

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adventure

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A commercial term, now defunct, which was recognized in international maritime law to denote consignments of cargo sent abroad in a ship to be sold or bartered by the master to best...

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