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Aaron Manby

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The first steamship to be built of iron. She was fitted with an engine designed by the Scottish engineer Henry Bell (1767–1830), and made her first voyage in 1822 when she carried...

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AB

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

The abbreviated title for the rating of able seaman, indicating someone able to perform all the duties of a seaman on board ship. In the days of sail it was someone who could hand, reef,...

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aback

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The situation of the sails of a square-rigged ship when the yards are trimmed to bring the wind to bear on their forward side. Sails are laid aback purposely to stop a ship's way through...

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abaft

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

Towards the stern of a ship, relative to some other object or position. Abaft the beam is any bearing or direction between the beam of a ship and its stern. See also aft; but ‘abaft’ is...

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abandon

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The order given when a ship is sinking or on fire for the crew to take to the boats and liferafts.

See also lifesaving.

See also lifesaving.

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abatement of false lights

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A right, under the authority of the Merchant Shipping Acts, by which Trinity House could order the extinction or screening of any light visible to seaward which could be mistaken for that...

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Abel Janszoon Tasman

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

(c.1603–59),

Dutch navigator. He was born at Lutjegast, Groningen, and was employed in the service of the Dutch East India Company from the early 1630s. His first voyage of...

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aboard

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In or on board a ship. The word is also widely used in other maritime meanings: for one ship to fall aboard another was for it to fall foul of another; in the days of sailing navies to lay...

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about

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A term used in sailing, meaning across the wind in relation to the bow of a sailing vessel. Thus, when a ship tacks across the wind to bring the wind from one side of the ship to the other,...

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above board

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Above the deck and therefore open and visible, which gave rise to the term used to denote open and fair dealing.

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