A traditional royal navy term for an ordinary sailor.


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SHIP OVER

To reenlist. When a sailor extends his or her service another term.

PIER-HEAD JUMP

When a sailor is drafted to a warship at the last minute, just before she sails.

LEADSMAN

A sailor who takes soundings with a lead, measuring the depth of water.

LIBERTY

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

HAND OVER FIST

To climb steadily upwards, from the motion of a sailor climbing shrouds on a sailing ship (originally 'hand over hand').

KNOW THE ROPES

Said about a sailor who is familiar with the miles of cordage and ropes involved in running a ship.

BARRELMAN

A sailor that was stationed in the crow's nest.

MERCHANT MARINER

A civilian officer or sailor who serves in the merchant marine. Sometimes such personnel are incorrectly called 'merchant marines,' but both merchant mariners and marines frown on this term; although merchant mariners are part of the merchant marine, they are civilians and are not in any way marines , which are a specialized type of military personnel.

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.

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