1 An old legal term used to describe those areas of sea which lay between headlands but beyond territorial waters. In 1634, for example, the Lords of the English Admiralty instructed the judge of the Admiralty's High Court and the Attorney-General ‘to compose a reglement whereby his Majesty's ancient right in the Narrow Seas, and in his chambers and ports, might be preserved’.
2 Small pieces of ordnance during the 16th–17th centuries from which gun salutes at sea were fired.
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