A relatively short period when a sailor is allowed ashore for recreation. (leave)


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GYRO

Short for GYROSCOPE

ANNULAR BEARING

Usually a rolling bearing of short cylindrical form supporting a shaft carrying a radial load.

FAULT

A short circuit either line to line, or line to ground.

LIZARD

Short length of rope with an eye, used to hold another rope in position.

BOATSWAIN'S CHAIR

A short board or swatch of heavy canvas, secured in a bridle of ropes, used to hoist a man aloft or over the ship's side for painting and similar work. Modern boatswain's chairs incorporate safety harnesses to prevent the occupant from falling.

CATHARPIN

A short rope or iron clamp used to brace in the shrouds toward the masts so as to give a freer sweep to the yards.

NIPPER

A Short rope used to bind a cable to the 'messenger' (a moving line propelled by the capstan) so that the cable is dragged along too (used where the cable is too large to be wrapped round the capstan itself). During the raising of an anchor the nippers were attached and detached from the (endless) messenger by the ship's boys. Hence the term for small boys: 'nippers'.

BOAT HOOK

A short shaft with a fitting at one end shaped to facilitate use in putting a line over a piling, recovering an object dropped overboard, or in pushing or fending off.

JACKSTAFF

A short staff at ship's bow from which the jack is hoisted.

ST

Short ton (2,000 lbs).

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