A spike on prow of warship for ramming.

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PIER-HEAD JUMP

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

TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER

A type of fast and maneuverable small warship introduced in the 1890s to protect capital ships from torpedo boat attack, since increased in size and capabilities to become a longendurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy, or battle group and defend them against submarines, surface ships, aircraft, and missiles.

RANGE CLOCK

A clockwork device used aboard a warship to continuously calculate the range to an enemy ship.

GUNNAGE

The number of guns carried on a warship.

ACTION STATIONS

1. An announcement made aboard a naval warship to signal the crew to prepare for battle, imminent damage, or a damage emergency (such as a fire). 2. Specific positions in a naval warship to which one or more crew are assigned when battle stations is called.

BATTLE STATIONS

1. An announcement made aboard a naval warship to signal the crew to prepare for battle, imminent damage, or a damage emergency (such as a fire). 2. Specific positions in a naval warship to which one or more crew are assigned when battle stations is called.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

A warship designed to carry planes.

CRUISER

1) Historically a privateer. 2) A large lightly armoured warship with medium sized guns, used for commerce protection and scouting.

DESTROYER

A very fast unarmoured warship distinguished by raised forecastles and forward bridge.

DROMON

Ancient Byzantine warship with twin banks of oars.

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