The mast facing edge of fore-and-aft sails between head and tack. To put the helm so as to bring the ship up nearer to the wind.

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The spar projecting from stern of ship


A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.


Ropes in the rigging of a ship


The side of a ship exposed to the wind.


A comparatively high promontory having a steep face. Usually called HEAD when coupled with a specific name. Also called FORELAND.


A short, evening period of watch duty on a ship


A warm, well defined, swift, relatively narrow ocean current which originates where the Florida Current and the Antilles Current meet north of Grand Bahama Island. It gains its impetus from the large volume of water that flows through the Straits of Florida. Near the edge of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland extensions of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current continue as the NORTH ATLANTIC CURRENT, which fans outward and widens in a northeastward to eastward flow across the ocean. The Florida Current, the Gulf Stream, and the North Atlantic Current together form the GULF STREAM SYSTEM. Sometimes the entire system is referred to as the Gulf Stream The Gulf Stream forms the western and northwestern part of the general clockwise oceanic circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean.


A wood placed in bottom of ship to keep cargo dry


The lowest sail set on the foremast of square-rigged ship


The raised edge of a hatch, cockpit or skylight to help keep out water.

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