Traditional royal navy nickname for the royal marines.


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BANYAN

Traditional royal navy term for a day or shorter period of rest and relaxation.

CHARTREUSE

The compartment, especially in the royal navy, from which the ship was navigated.

BUFFER

The chief bosun's mate (in the royal navy), responsible for discipline.

ROYAL

1. in large sailing ships, a mast right above the topgallant mast. 2. the sail of such a mast.

MATELOT

A traditional royal navy term for an ordinary sailor.

SKYSAIL

The sail above the royal sail

FOURTH RATE

In the British Royal Navy, a fourth rate was, during the first half of the 18th century, a ship of the line mounting from 46 up to 60 guns.

PRESS GANG

Formed body of personnel from a ship of the Royal Navy (either a ship seeking personnel for its own crew or from a 'press tender' seeking men for a number of ships) that would identify and force (press) men, usually merchant sailors into service on naval ships usually against their will.

AIR ALMANAC

1. A periodical publication of astronomical data designed primarily for air navigation, but often used in marine navigation. 2. A joint publication of the U.S. Naval Observatory and H. M. Nautical Almanac Office, Royal Greenwich Observatory, designed primarily for air navigation. In general the information is similar to that of the Nautical Almanac, but is given to a precision of 1' of arc and 1s of time, at intervals of 10m (values for the sun and Aries are given to a precision of 0.1').

FIRST LIEUTENANT

1. In the Royal Navy, the senior lieutenant on board; responsible to the commanding officer for the domestic affairs of the ship's company. Also known as 'Jimmy the One' or 'Number One'. Removes his cap when visiting the mess decks as token of respect for the privacy of the crew in those quarters. Officer in charge of cables on the forecastle. 2. In the US Navy, the officer on a ship serving as the senior person in charge of all deck hands.

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