SQUARE AWAY Put in proper order;
make things shipshape.
SQUARE KNOT Simple knot used for
bending two lines together or for bending a line
STACK Shipboard chimney.
STANCHIONS Vertical posts used for
supporting decks; smaller, similar posts used for
supporting lifelines, awnings, etc.
STAND BY To prepare for or make
STANDING LIGHTS Red night-lights
throughout the interior of a ship.
STANDING PART The main part of a line,
as distinguished from its ends.
STARBOARD Direction to the right of the
centerline as one faces forward.
STATEROOM A living compartment for an
officer or for a small number of officers.
STATION (1) An individuals place of duty.
(2) Position of a ship in formation, (3) Location
of persons and equipment having a specific
purpose, as a gun control station. (4) Order to
assume a post of duty, as Station the special sea
and anchor detail.
STAY Any piece of standing rigging, except
a shroud, providing support only.
STEADY (STEADY SO) (STEADY AS YOU
GO) (STEADY AS SHE GOES) Order to the
helmsman to steer the ship on the course it is
heading at the time the order is given.
STEM The forward vertical extension of the
STERN The aftermost part of a vessel,
STERN HOOK Member of a boats crew
whose station is aft.
STERN LIGHT White navigation light that
can be seen only from astern to 6 points on either
quarter (total of 12 points, or 135 degrees).
STERNPOST The after vertical extension of
STERN SHEETS The after passenger space
in an open boat.
STOP A short line attached to the edge of
an awning, boat cover, etc.; used to lash the cover
to a support.
STOW To store or pack articles or cargo in
STRAKE Fore-and-aft strip of plating in the
shell or in a deck.
STRAND (1) One of the main subdivisions
of a line or wire. (2) The act of a vessel in going
STRINGER (1) A longitudinal frame pro-
viding strength to a ships sides. (2) A long timber
between piles at the edge of a pier.
STRUCTURAL BULKHEAD Transverse-
strength bulkhead that forms a watertight
SUPERSTRUCTURE The ships structure
above the main deck, exclusive of top-hamper.
SWAB Same as, but never referred to as, a
SWAMP The filling of an open boat with
water taken over the side.
TACKLE See Purchase.
TAFFRAIL The rail around the stern of a
ship or boat.
TARPAULIN Canvas used as a cover,
TAUT (1) Under tension, as a taut rope.
(2) A high state of discipline and efficiency, as
a taut ship.
TENDER (1) One who serves as a pre-
cautionary standby, as the line tender for a diver.
(2) An auxiliary vessel that acts as a support ship
for other ships, as a destroyer tender.
THREEFOLD PURCHASE A tackle con-
taining two three-sheave blocks.