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aback

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 the water or ...
anchor

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Figuratively, a source of security and confidence. An anchor in Christian tradition is a symbol of hope, from a passage in Hebrews 6:19; it is also the emblem of St Clement, who was martyred by being ...
barnacle

barnacle  

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A small crustacean that occurs in vast numbers attached to rocks, jetties, piers, etc., and on the hulls of ships and boats. The commonest on the shore are acorn barnacles (Balanus spp.), which live ...
boottop

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A fine strip of paint around the hull of a yacht which divides the antifouling (see fouling) paint below the waterline from the paint on the topsides. The boottop is usually painted in a colour which ...
breaming

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In the early days of sail, the method of cleaning the fouling off a ship's bottom by careening, and then burning off the seaweed, barnacles, etc., which had grown there through long immersion. The ...
copper sheathing

copper sheathing  

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The process of protecting the hull of a wooden ship with thin sheets of copper. It prevents the teredo worm eating into the planks, and inhibits seaweed and barnacles from building up on the ship's ...
foul

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An adjective and a verb with various nautical meanings, generally indicative of something wrong or difficult. When used as an adjective a foul hawse is the expression used when a ship lying to two ...
hog

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1 A device from the days of sail for cleaning the fouling off a ship's bottom when it was not copper sheathed. It was formed by enclosing a number of birch twigs between two planks, binding them ...
International Maritime Organization

International Maritime Organization  

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(IMO),a special agency of the United Nations established in 1958 with responsibility for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. It has its headquarters on the Albert ...
shipbuilding

shipbuilding  

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Transport over water is a necessity in most parts of the world. Since time immemorial ships have been constructed in any place with a suitable shoreline, easily procured supplies of timber, and an ...
Shipworm

Shipworm  

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Shipworms were one of the greatest forces controlling the history of global shipping, regulating the evolution, survival, and routes of wooden ships for thousands of years. The destruction of ships ...
teredo

teredo  

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A bivalve mollusc, of the family Teredinidae, also known as a shipworm because of the damage they cause to any wood in the sea. They bore long cylindrical holes in the wood, digesting the wood they ...
timenoguy

timenoguy  

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(pron. and sometimes written, timonoggy), originally a rope stretched taut between different parts of a square-rigger to prevent one of the tacks or braces from fouling some projection. This applied ...

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