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HIGHLINE  —The  line  stretched  between  the ships under way on which a trolley block travels back  and  forth  for  transfer  of  material  and personnel. HITCH —(1) Used to bend a line to or around a ring or cylindrical object. (2) Common term for an enlistment. HOLD  —Large  cargo  stowage  space  aboard ship. HOLDING BULKHEAD —The innermost of a  series  of  bulkheads  that  form  the  tanks  and voids  of  the  torpedo  protection  system. HOLIDAY —Space on a painted surface that the  painter  neglected  to  cover. HOOK  —Familiar  term  for  the  anchor. HORN  —One  of  the  projections  of  a  cleat. HOUSE —The act of two-blocking (pulling up tight)  an  anchor  in  its  hawsepipe. HULL —The shell, or plating, of a ship from keel  to  gunwale. HULL DOWN —Refers to a ship that is so far over  the  horizon  that  only  its  superstructure  or top  hamper  is  visible. INBOARD —Toward the centerline. INHAUL LINE —Line used to haul the trolley back   to   the   delivering   ship   during   highline transfers. INLET  —A  narrow  strip  of  sea  extending into  the  land. INNER  BOTTOM  —The inside bottom in a system  of  double  bottoms. INSHORE  —Close to the shore. IRISH PENNANT —Loose,  untidy  end  of  line left  adrift.  Also  called  deadman  or  cow’s  tail, ISLAND —Superstructure on starboard side of  the  flight  deck  of  an  aircraft  carrier. JACK —Starred  blue  flag  (representing  the union  of  the  ensign)  flown  at  the  jackstaff  of  a commissioned  ship  not  under  way. JACKSTAFF  —Vertical spar at the stem to which  the  jack  is  hoisted. JACKSTAY —Any horizontal line or wire for the  support  of  articles  (such  as  seabags). JACOB’S  LADDER  —A  portable  rope  or wire ladder. JETTY —A structure built out from shore to influence  water  currents  or  to  protect  a  harbor or  pier. JUMP  SHIP  —The act of deserting a ship. JURY RIG —Any  makeshift  device  or  appara- tus. KAPOK  —Material used to stuff life jackets and  other  lifesaving  apparatus. KEDGE  —(1) A small anchor. (2) The act of moving a ship by hauling it ahead by heaving in on  a  line  to  a  laid-out  anchor. KEEL —The  lowermost  longitudinal  strength member from which the frames and plating rise. KEEL  BLOCK  —One  of  a  series  of  blocks along  a  dry-dock  bed;  used  to  support  the  keel of  a  vessel  in  dry  dock, KEELSON —That part of a boat’s keel located inside  the  boat. KING POST —One of a pair of short, strong uprights  used  to  support  the  cargo  booms  of  cargo vessels. KING SPOKE  —Spoke  on  the  steering  wheel that  is  upright  when  the  rudder  is  amidships; usually  distinctively  marked,  as  with  a  Turk’s head. KNOCK OFF —Quit working. KNOT —(1) A unit of measurement of speed equal to one nautical mile (6,080 feet) per hour. (2)  A  collective  term  for  hitches  and  bends. LADDER  —A  shipboard  flight  of  steps. LANDING   CRAFT   —Vessel   especially designed   for   landing   troops   and   equipment directly  on  a  beach. AI-8

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