Persons who lure ships aground (by displaying false lights) for the purpose of plundering their cargo.


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GROUNDED ICE

Floating ice which is aground in shoal water.

ICE WALL

An ice cliff forming the seaward margin of a glacier which is not afloat. An ice wall is aground with the underlying land at or below sea level.

AGROUND

Touching or fast to the bottom.

AFLOAT

Of a vessel which is floating freely (not aground or sunk). More generally of vessels in service

BEACHING

Deliberately running a vessel aground to load and unload (as with landing craft), or sometimes to prevent a damaged vessel sinking.

REEF

A rock or coral, possibly only revealed at low tide, shallow enough that the vessel will at least touch if not go aground.

NEAPED

Left aground following a spring high tide. Also called BENEAPED.

UNDERWAY

A vessel which is not at anchor, or made fast to the shore, or aground

HARD AGROUND

A ship which has gone aground and is not able to move under her own power.

SALLYING SHIP

Producing rolling motion of a ship by having the crew run in unison from to side. This is usually done to help float a ship which is aground or to assist it to make way when it is beset by ice.

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