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

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BOLTROPE

A strong rope stitched to edges of a sail

BUMPKIN

The spar projecting from stern of ship

TRAMP FREIGHTER

A cargo ship engaged in the tramp trade.

CORDAGE

Ropes in the rigging of a ship

WEATHER SIDE

The side of a ship exposed to the wind.

DOGWATCH

A short, evening period of watch duty on a ship

GROIN

A structure (usually one of a group) extending approximately perpendicular from a shore to protect the shore from erosion by tides currents, or waves or to trap sand for making a beach.

FARDAGE

A wood placed in bottom of ship to keep cargo dry

HIGH WATER LINE

1. The intersection of the land with the water surface at an elevation of high water. 2. The line along the shore to which the waters normally reach at high water

FORESAIL

The lowest sail set on the foremast of square-rigged ship

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