BROW Navy term for gangplank. Used as
a crosswalk from one ship to another and from
a ship to a pier.
BULKHEAD A vertical partition in a ship;
never called a wall.
BULKHEADING Complaining or grumbling
with the intention of being overheard by seniors.
BULLNOSE A closed chock at the bow.
BULWARK Solid barrier along the edges of
the weather deck that serves as a protection
against bad weather.
BUOY An anchored float used as an aid to
navigation or to mark the location of an object.
CABIN Living compartment of a ships
CABLE A line, wire, or chain that connects
a ship to its anchor.
CAISSON Gate at the end of a dry dock that
keeps out the water.
CALL (1) The boatswains pipe. (2) A signal
sounded on the boatswains pipe.
CAMEL Large timber or rectangular struc-
ture used as a fender between a ship and the pier.
CAN BUOY A navigational buoy, cylindrical
in shape, that marks the port side of a channel
from seaward; odd-numbered and painted green.
CANOPY A cover fitted over part of a boat.
CAPSTAN That part of a vertical shaft
windlass around which a working line is passed;
used for heaving in anchors and hawsers.
CARRICK BEND A knot used for joining
two lines. The single carrick bend is seldom used
because it jams tight; instead, a double carrick
bend is used, particularly for bending towing
CARRY AWAY To break loose, as The
rough seas carried away the lifelines.
CAULK The act of stuffing the seams
between wooden planking with oakum for water-
CHAFING GEAR Material used to protect
lines from excessive wear.
CHAIN LOCKER Space where anchor
chain is stowed.
CHAIN MARKINGS A series of turns of
wire and stripes of paint on certain links of each
anchor chain. They show the scope or amount of
chain that has run out.
CHAINS Area (a platform on large ships)
where the leadsman stands when taking soundings
with the hand lead.
CHART Nautical counterpart of a road
map, showing land configuration, water depths,
and aids to navigation.
CHECK (1) To slow or ease. (2) To pay out
just enough line to prevent its parting when under
a strain, as to check a line. (3) To investigate or
CHEEK One of the sides of a block.
CHOCK Deck fitting through which mooring
lines are led.
CHRONOMETER An accurate clock used
CHURCH PENNANT A blue and white
pennant flown above the ensign during church
services on board a Navy ship.
CLAMP DOWN To sprinkle the deck with
water and dry it with a swab.
CLEAT A metal casting with two projecting
arms to which a line is belayed.
COAMING Bulwark around a hatch opening.
COFFERDAM A void between compartments
tanks of a ship for purposes of insulation.
COIL To lay down a line in circular turns
piled loosely on top of one another.
COLLISION BULKHEAD A bulkhead,
stronger than normal, located forward to control
flooding in the event of a head-on collision.