ANCHOR WATCH A group of persons
available to the OOD during the night for such
duties as heaving in or paying out the cable.
ANNUNCIATOR A device, usually elec-
tromechanical, used to indicate or transmit
information. See Engine Order Telegraph.
ARMAMENT The weapons of a ship.
ARMORED DECK A deck, below the main
deck, that provides added protection to vital
ASTERN Directly behind a ship.
ATHWART Across; at right angles to.
AUXILIARY (1) Extra, or secondary, as
auxiliary engine. (2) A vessel whose mission is to
supply or support the combatant forces.
AVAST Stop, as Avast heaving.
AYE AYE Reply to a command or order,
meaning I understand and will obey.
BACK (1) Togo backwards. (2) Act of the
wind in changing direction counterclockwise.
BACKSTAY Piece of standing rigging
BAIL (1) To rid a boat of water by dipping
it out. (2) A rigid member affording support at
two end points, as the bail (handle) of a bucket
or the support for an accommodation ladder.
BALLAST Weight (solid or liquid) loaded
into a ship to increase stability.
BAR A long, narrow shoal across a harbor
BARBETTE A heavily armored cylinder
extended downward from a gun turret to the
lowest armored deck to provide protection to the
turret below the gunhouse and the projectile- and
BARGE (1) A blunt-ended, flat-bottomed,
waterborne craft, usually non-self-propelled,
used to haul supplies or garbage. (2) A type of
motorboat assigned for the personal use of a flag
BARNACLES Small shellfish that are found
attached to bottoms of vessels, pilings, and other
BATTEN (1) A long strip of steel wedged
against the edges of tarpaulins on a hatch to make
the hatch watertight. (2) Removable wood or steel
members used in a ships holds to keep cargo from
BATTEN DOWN The act of applying
battens to a hatch. Extended to mean the closing
of any watertight fixture.
BATTLE LANTERN A battery-powered
lantern for emergency use.
BEAM (1) The extreme breadth of a vessel.
(2) A transverse frame supporting a deck.
BEAR The act of locating a particular point,
or bearing, as
The lighthouse bears 0 45
BEAR A HAND (1) Provide assistance, as
Bear a hand with rigging this stage. (2) Ex-
pedite, as in Bear a hand with readiness for sea
BEARING The direction of an object from
an observer, measured in degrees clockwise from
a reference point. True bearing is the angular
difference between lines drawn from the observer
to true north and to the object; magnetic bearing
is the direction of the object measured on a
magnetic compass; relative bearing is the angle
between the ships head and the object.
BECKET (1) An eye for securing one end of
a line to a block. (2) A rope eye on a cargo net,
( 3 ) S h o r t e n e d f o r m o f b e c k e t b e n d .
BECKET BEND A knot used to tie two lines
BELAY (1) To secure a line to a fixed point,
(2) Order to disregard a previous order or to stop
an action, as Belay the last order, or Belay
the small talk.
BELOW Downward, beneath, or beyond
something, as to lay below; below the flight deck;
below the horizon.
BEND To join two lines together; the type
of knot so used.