LANDING SHIP A large seagoing ship
designed for landing large numbers of personnel
and heavy equipment directly on a beach.
LANYARD (1) Any short line used as a
handle or as a means for operating some piece
of equipment. (2) A line used to attach an article
to a person, as a pistol lanyard.
LASH To secure an object by turns of line,
wire, or chain.
LASHING Line, wire, or chain used to lash
LASH-UP An uncomplimentary term applied
to a rig, device, or system meaning it is in disorder.
For example, What a lash-up they have there.
LAUNCH (1 ) To float a vessel off the ways
in a building yard, (2) A power boat, usually over
30 feet long.
LAY (1) To go to a specific place, such as
Lay aloft. (2) To put something down, as to
lay tile. (3) The direction of twist of the strands
in a line or wire.
LEAD LINE A narrow block of lead
weighing from 7 to 14 pounds attached to a
marked line. Used by leadsman to determine
depth of water.
LEADSMAN Person who uses the lead line.
LEE An area sheltered from the wind;
LEE HELMSMAN A spare helmsman who
usually operates the annunciator. Formerly
referred to the helmsman who stood on the lee
side of the wheel.
LEE SHORE A shore that is leeward of the
LEEWARD (Pronounced loo-urd). Side of
the ship opposite the direction from which the
wind is blowing.
LIBERTY Permission to be absent from a
ship or station for a short time.
LIE OFF To heave to at some distance from
LIFE BUOY A buoyant ring or some other
floating device, except a life jacket or life belt,
designed to support a person in the water.
LIFE JACKET A buoyant, sleeveless jacket
designed to support a person in the water;
different from a life belt, which fits only around
LIFELINE (1) In general, the lines erected
around the edges of weather decks. Specifically,
the topmost line. From top to bottom, the lines
are named lifeline, housing line, and footrope.
(2) A safety line bent to a person going over the
side or aloft.
LIGHTEN SHIP To make a ship lighter by
LIGHT SHIP The act of dispensing with
LINE Any rope that is not wire rope.
LOG (1) A ships speedometer. (2) The act
of a ship in making a certain speed, as The ship
logged 20 knots. (3) Book or ledger in which data
or events occurring during a watch are recorded.
LOOK ALIVE Admonishment meaning be
alert or move faster.
LOOKOUT Person stationed topside as a
formal watch who reports all objects sighted and
sounds heard to the OOD.
LOOM The glow seen in the sky from a light
that is below the horizon.
LUBBERS LINE Line engraved on the
inside of a compass bowl, representing the ships
head, by which the ships course is steered.
LUCKY BAG Locker, under the charge of
the master-at-arms, used to stow gear found adrift
and deserters effects.
MAGAZINE Compartment used for the
stowage of ammunition.
MAIN DECK The uppermost complete
MAINMAST Second mast aft from the