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ALONGSIDE : By the side of the pier or ship.
ADRIFT : Loose from moorings and unable to make headway. Applied in a general sense to anything not in its proper place. AGROUND : When any part of the ship is resting on the bottom. A ship runs aground or goes aground. AHOY : Customary hail to a boat or ship.
ALL HANDS : The entire ship's company. ALOFT : Above the deck, on the mast, or in the rigging.
BARGE : (1) A large, blunt-ended, scow-type craft, usually non-self-propelled. (2) A motorboat assigned for the personal use of a flag officer. BATTEN DOWN : The act of making a hatch watertight by wedging the battens against the tarpaulins. BATTLE LANTERN : A battery-powered lantern for emergency use.
BEAM : The greatest width of a ship. BERTH : (1) An anchorage or mooring space.
        (2) Sweeping place assigned a person on board ship.
BITTS : A pair of heavy metal posts securely fastened in a vertical position on deck, to which mooring lines and hawsers are belayed.
BLOCK : A device made of a wheel (sheave), inside a shell, over which a line or wire rope can run freely. BOLLARD: Strong cylindrical upright on a pier, around which the eye or bight of the ship's mooring line is thrown. BOOT TOPPING : The surface of the outside plating between the light and loaded waterline.. Paint for ship's waterline.
BORE : The interior diameter of a gun barrel. The caliber. The opening inside a gun, from the after part of the rifling to the muzzle. BRIDLE : A span of rope, chain, or wire with both ends secured and the strain taken on the mid-part. BROW : A portable device which serves as a bridge between a ship and a pier, or between a ship and another ship alongside.
CHAFING GEAR : Canvas, line, or other material placed around rigging and mooring lines to prevent wear. CHAIN PIPE : The tube in the deck through which the anchor cable leads to the chain locker. CHIP : To remove paint or rust from metallic surfaces with sharp-pointed hammers prior to application of paint.
CHOCK : A metal casting which serves as a lead for lines to a pier or to other ships. They may be open or closed. CLAMP DOWN : To sprinkle the deck with water and swab down. COAMING: Name applied to the structure raised about a hatchway to prevent the entrance of water.
COFFERDAM : A void between compartments or tanks of a ship for purposes of insulation. COIL : To lay a line down in circular turns piled loosely on top of one another. COXCOMBING : A type of fancy work consisting of coils of line worked around a tiller handle, stanchion, etc.
DARK ADAPTATION : Becoming accustomed to darkness in order to have good night vision. DARKEN SHIP : Blacking out the ship so that no lights show outboard. DAVIT : one of a pair of strong arms by means of which a boat is hoisted in or out. The pair is called a set of davits. Any similar hoisting device.
DEAD IN THE WATER : Said of a ship that has stopped and has no way on. DECK BEAM : A transverse member supporting a deck. DISPLACEMENT : The weight of the water displaced by the ship, equal to the weight of the ship.
DIVISION PARADE : Space on deck assigned for a division to fall in for muster or inspection. DOUBLE BOTTOM: Watertight space between inner and outer bottom of a ship. DOUBLE UP : To double mooring lines for added strength.
EASE: To do something slowly, as "ease away from the pier" or "ease the strain on a line." EASE HER (the rudder) : Reduce the amount of rudder the ship is carrying. EXTRA DUTY : Additional work assigned by the CO as authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
FIELD DAY : A day devoted to general cleaning, usually in preparation for inspection. FLAG BAG : The box-like container on the signal bridge which holds the signal flags. FLEMISH : To coil down a line on deck in a flat, circular arrangement.
FRAMES : The athwartships strength members of a ship's hull. Numbered from bow aft, and used as reference points to locate fittings, compartments, etc. FRAPPING LINES : Lines passed around boat falls to steady the boat when hoisting or lowering. FREEBOARD : The vertical distance from weather deck to waterline.
GAFF : A small spar on the mast from which the ensign is flown while underway. GANGWAY : An opening in the rail or bulwarks, giving access to a ship. GENERAL QUARTERS : A condition of maximum readiness for combat with the crew at battle stations.
GIG : The boat designated for the captain. GRAPNEL: A small, 4-armed anchor used to recover objects in the water. GRIPE: Device for securing a boat at its davits or in a cradle.


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