HIGHLINE The line stretched between the
ships under way on which a trolley block travels
back and forth for transfer of material and
HITCH (1) Used to bend a line to or around
a ring or cylindrical object. (2) Common term for
HOLD Large cargo stowage space aboard
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
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 cows 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).
JACOBS LADDER A portable rope or
JETTY A structure built out from shore to
influence water currents or to protect a harbor
JUMP SHIP The act of deserting a ship.
JURY RIG Any makeshift device or appara-
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 boats keel located
inside the boat.
KING POST One of a pair of short, strong
uprights used to support the cargo booms of cargo
KING SPOKE Spoke on the steering wheel
that is upright when the rudder is amidships;
usually distinctively marked, as with a Turks
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.