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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 an article. 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; downwind. 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 ship. 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 shore. 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 the waist. 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 removing  weight. LIGHT  SHIP  —The  act  of  dispensing  with blackout   precautions. LINE  —Any rope that is not wire rope. LOG —(1) A ship’s 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. LUBBER’S  LINE  —Line  engraved  on  the inside of a compass bowl, representing the ship’s head,  by  which  the  ship’s  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 deck. MAINMAST  —Second  mast  aft  from  the bow. AI-9

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