On or above the deck, in plain view, not hiding anything. Pirates would secret their crews below decks, thereby creating the false impression that an encounter with another ship was a casual matter of chance.



Related Terms

LOADED LEG

A subdivision of a ship's voyage during which the ship is carrying cargo.

CUTWATER

The forward curve of the stem of a ship

DECK

A platform in a ship corresponding to a floor in a building

LEE SHORE

A shore downwind of a ship. A ship which cannot sail well to windward risks being blown onto a lee shore and grounded.

CABLE ELBOW

occurs when the cables are fouled in (Foul Hawse), when the ship has swung 360 degrees, an elbow is formed between the anchor cables.

ANTI-SEA CLUTTER

A radar operational control that limits the return of echoes from nearby waves around a vessel, thus allowing ship targets to be more apparent on the radar screen.

FALSE RELATIVE MOTION

False indications of the movement of a target relative to own ship on a radar display that is unstabilized in azimuth due to continuous reorientation of the display as own ship's heading changes.

MULTIPLE ECHOES

Radar echoes which may occur when a strong echo is received from another ship at close range. A second or third or more echoes may be observed on the radarscope at double triple, or other multiples of the actual range of the radar target, resulting from the echo’s being reflected by own ship back to the target and received once again as an echo at a multiple of the preceding range to the target. This term should not be confused with MULTIPLE-TRACE ECHO.

MATTER

That which has mass and occupies space.

AMIDSHIPS

The middle portion of a ship

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