EASE HER Reduce the amount of rudder
the ship is carrying.
EBB, EBB TIDE, ON THE EBB A falling
EIGHT OCLOCK 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
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
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
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
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
FOREMAST First mast aft from the bow.
FORENOON WATCH The 0800 to 1200
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 ships hull.
FRAPPING LINES Lines passed around
boat falls to steady the boat when hoisting or
FREEBOARD Vertical distance from
waterline to weather deck.