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EASE HER  —Reduce the amount of rudder the ship is carrying. EBB, EBB TIDE, ON THE EBB —A falling tide. EIGHT   O’CLOCK   REPORTS   —Reports received  shortly  before  2000  by  the  executive officer   from   the   heads   of   departments. ENGINE-ORDER TELEGRAPH  —Electro- mechanical  device  that  transmits  orders  to  the engine room concerning the speed of the engines. ENSIGN   —(1)  The  national  flag.  (2)  The lowest  grade  of  commissioned  officer. EYES  —The  most  forward  part  of  the forecastle. FAIRLEAD  —A  device,  usually  a  block,  for leading  a  line  around  a  corner. FAIRWAY  —Thoroughfare  for  a  ship. FALL  —A  line,  wire,  or  chain  rove  on  a purchase. FANTAIL  —The after end of the main deck. FATHOM —Unit of measurement equal to a depth  of  6  feet. FENDER —A cushioning device hung over the side of a ship to prevent contact between the ship and  the  pier  or  another  ship. FID  —A  long,  tapered,  wooden  tool  used  to open  the  strands  of  a  line  for  splicing. FIELD  DAY   —A   day   devoted   to   general cleaning,  usually  in  preparation  for  an  inspection. FIREMAIN  —Piping  system  to  which  fire hydrants  are  connected. FIRST  WATCH  —The 2000 to 2400 watch. Also  called  evening  watch. FIRST CALL  —A routine call sounded as a warning signal for roll call formations and many other ceremonies; also sounded 5 minutes before morning  and  evening  colors. FISHHOOK  —A broken end of wire protruding from  a  wire  rope. FLAG  OFFICER  —An officer of the rank of commodore   or   higher. FLAGSTAFF  —Vertical staff at the stern to which  the  ensign  is  hoisted  when  moored  or  at anchor. FLAT  —Partial   deck   (often   a   grating)   to provide  walking  and  working  surfaces;  used extensively in engineering spaces. FLEET —An organization of ships, aircraft, Marine  forces,  and  shore-based  fleet  activities, all  under  one  commander,  for  the  purpose  of conducting   major   operations. FLOOD  —(1)  To  fill  a  space  with  water. (2)  A  rising  tide. FOGY  —(Pronounced   fo-gee.)   A   longevity pay increase. FORE —Forward. FORE  AND  AFT  —The  entire  length  of  a ship,  as  in  “Sweep  down  fore  and  aft.” FORECASTLE  —(Pronounced   fok-sul.) Forward   section   of   the   main   deck,   generally extending  from  the  stem  aft  to  just  abaft  the anchor  windlass. FOREMAST  —First mast aft from the bow. FORENOON  WATCH  —The  0800  to  1200 watch. FORESTAY  —A stay leading forward. FOUL —(1) Entangled, as “The lines are foul of  each  other.”  (2)  Stormy. FOUNDER —To sink because of being over- whelmed by the sea. FRAME —The athwartship strength member of  a  ship’s  hull. FRAPPING  LINES  —Lines  passed  around boat  falls  to  steady  the  boat  when  hoisting  or lowering. FREEBOARD  —Vertical   distance   from waterline to weather deck. AI-6

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