Glossary of Nautical Terms


An exceptionally versatile knot. It is quick to tie and is a fast way to make a loop. It can be used to tie two lines together, though a double sheet hitch is probably preferred.


 A partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments


A member of a people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands

Engine Order Telegraph

A devise that communicated engine commands from the bridge to the engine room and back

fo’c’s’le -

Variant of 'forecastle'


1. The section of the upper deck of a ship located at the bow forward of the foremast.

2. A superstructure at the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed

3. Middle English forecastle : fore-, fore- + castle,


The upper edge of the side of a vessel.


An entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship[synonym: opening, scuttle]


A large flat bottom barge, especially one used to deliver or unload goods to or from a cargo ship or transport goods over short distances

Naval Jack

A Maritime flag or Naval Jack is a national flag used exclusively on boats and other watercraft. Most are based on the traditional state flag, but with notable stylistic modifications.


The top surface in an enclosed space of a ship.


The left-hand side of a ship or aircraft facing forward. Also called larboard.


The right-hand side of a ship or aircraft as one faces forward.


One who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships.

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Created ... June 1, 2008

Updated ... March 28, 2009

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