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APPENDIX I GLOSSARY Upon entering a new occupation, a person usually is confronted with the need to learn the vocabulary of the trade in order to understand, and be understood by, his or her co-workers. Today, with the advent of highly sophisticated and detailed programs and procedures at sea, the understanding and proper usage of nautical terminology has never  been  more  important.  Safety  and  professionalism  require  that  an  entirely  new vocabulary  be  learned. Under certain circumstances, a single word or phrase often makes a lot of explanatory  details  unnecessary. A misinterpreted order can easily cause confusion, loss of equipment, or even loss of life. To prevent this danger, you must learn to say exactly what you mean. This glossary is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be all-inclusive  but  does  contain  many  orders  and  terms  every  Seaman  should  know. AA-Abbreviation  for  antiaircraft. ABACA-The wild banana plant of the Philippines. Manila line is made from its fibers. Manila line is no  longer  used  for  highline  transfer. ABAFT-To the rear of. ABANDON SHIP-To leave the ship in an emergency such as sinking. ABEAM-Bearing 90° or 270° relative from own ship's heading  or  course. ABOARD-In a ship or on a naval station. CLOSE ABOARD means near a ship, usually within 600 meters. ABREAST-Beside one another; side by side in a line. ACCOMMODATION LADDER-A portable stairway hung over the side of a ship for ascending from  or  descending  to  small  boats. ADRIFT-Loose from mooring; scattered about; not in proper stowage. AFLOAT-Floating upon the water. AFT-Pertaining to the stern, or toward the stern, of a ship  or  aircraft. AFTERNOON  WATCH-The watch from noon to 4 pm  (1200-1600). AGROUND -When any part of a ship is resting on or is in  contact  with  bottom. AHOY-The customary nautical hail to a boat or ship. Supposedly  once  the  dreaded  war  cry  of  the Vikings. AIDS  TO  NAVIGATION-Bells,  markers,  lights, buoys, horns, radio stations, or any similar device to  assist  navigators. ALL HANDS-The entire ship's company. ALOFT-Above  the  decks,  on  the  mast,  or  in  the rigging. ALONGSIDE -At the side of a ship, pier, or dock; in a parallel  position. AMIDSHIPS-In or toward the part of a ship midway between the bow and the stem. AMMO-Slang  for  ammunition. ANCHOR-(1) A device used to hold a ship or boat fast to the bottom. (2) The act of making fast. (3) The act of securing or fixing the lower end of a guy or stay. ANCHOR AT SHORT STAY-Anchor   chain   at minimum  length  with  anchor  still  down. ANCHOR  BALL-A black, circular shape hoisted to indicate that the ship is anchored. AI-1

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