1. The captain of a commercial vessel. 2. A senior officer of a naval sailing ship in charge of routine seamanship and navigation but not in command during combat.

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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.

TO HAUL

To change the course of a sailing vessel to bring the wind farther forward, usually used with up, such as haul up.

DOGWATCH

A short, evening period of watch duty on a ship

FARDAGE

A wood placed in bottom of ship to keep cargo dry

GRID NAVIGATION

Navigation by the use of grid directions

HOMING

Navigation toward a point by following a signal from that point. Radiobeacons are commonly used for homing.

FORESAIL

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

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