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17th century British seaman, buccaneer, explorer, hydrographer and cartographer recognised as the first European explorer to land on the Western Australian Coast.

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  1. A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels, generally synonymous with a wharf, although the solid foundations of a quay contrast with the closely spaced piles of a wharf. When 'quay' and 'wharf' are used as synonyms, the term 'quay' is more common in everyday speech in the United Kingdom, many Commonwealth countries, and the Republic of Ireland, while 'wharf' is more commonly used in the United States.
  2. To land or tie up at a quay.


To secure a vessel to land by tying to a pier, wharf or other land-based structure, or to anchor with two or more anchors.


Water adjacent to land in which the physical properties are slightly influenced by continental conditions.


A satellite based radionavigation system providing continuous worldwide coverage. It provides navigation, position, and timing information to air, marine, and land users.


  1. Moving away from the shore.
  2. Of a wind, blowing from the land to the sea.
  3. At some distance from the shore; located in the sea away from the coast.


A ship used to carry soldiers. Troopships are not specially designed for military operations and unlike landing ships cannot land troops directly onto a shore; instead they unload troops at a harbor or onto smaller vessels for transportation to shore.


The rapid erosion of shore land by waves during a storm


A point on the earth whose coordinates have been determined as a result of observation of celestial bodies. The expression is usually used in connection with positions on land determined with great accuracy for survey purposes.


Water held back from the main flow, as that which over- flows the land and collects in low places or that forming an inlet approximately parallel to the main body and connected thereto by a narrow outlet.


A slender triangular recess cut into the faying surface of a frame or steamed timber to fit over the land of clinker planking, or cut into the faying edge of a plank or rebate to avoid feather ends on a strake of planking. The feather end is cut off to produce a nib. The joggle and nib in this case is made wide enough to allow a caulking iron to enter the seam.

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