TAKE IN-A command to take aboard a designated
mooring line or lines.
THWARTS-The cross seats in a boat just below the
TIDE-Vertical rise and fall of the ocean level caused by
the gravitational forces of the moon and sun.
TILLER-The handle that turns the rudder on a boat.
TRAIN IN AND SECURE-Put away all equipment
and cease the present exercise.
TRUE BEARING-The direction of an object, relative
to true instead of magnetic north.
TRUE HEADING-The horizontal direction in which
a ship is heading, relative to true north.
TRICE-To haul up, as in tricing all bunks; meaning to
raise all bunks and secure them in that position.
UNLAY-To untwist and separate the strands of a rope.
VEER-(1) To let out or to pay out a chain or line. (2)
To slack off.
VERY WELL-A response sometimes given by a senior
officer to a junior who has made a report to the
officer. (This term is never used by enlisted
VOID-An empty space below decks.
WAKE-The water disturbed at the stern of a moving
WALK BACK-The act of walking back slowly and
carefully, usually used in connection with hoisting
a boat by hand.
WARDROOM-Where officers eat meals on board
ship; serves also as a lounge.
WATCH-A duty period, normally 4 hours long.
WATERWAY -Gutter under lifelines to carry off deck
water through the scuppers.
WEATHER DECK-Any deck or portion of a deck
exposed to the elements.
WILDCAT-The drum part of an anchor windlass that
engages and moves the anchor chain
WINDWARD-Movement toward the wind.