Nautical words


Bear Down. To approach: to move towards. To move tiller to leeward so that vessel's head comes to the wind. Bearers



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Bear Down. To approach: to move towards. To move tiller to leeward so that vessel's head comes to the wind.

Bearers. Short beams going across just above keelson of a wooden ship, or stern sheets of a boat. Also called 'Flat floor'.

Bearing. Direction in which an object, or position, lies from an observer. Usually defined by the angular measurement between a line from an observer's position and a datum line passing through that position. Can be a 'Relative', 'True', or 'Compass' bearing.

Bearing Plate. Graduated and ballasted plate by which relative bearings may be taken when it is inconvenient to use compass.

Bearings.* Widest part below plank sheer of wooden ship.

Bear Off. To thrust away; to hold off. Order given to bowman of boat when he is required to push boat's head away from jetty, gangway or other fixture at which boat is alongside. Order given, also, when it is required to thrust away, or hold off, an approaching object.

Bear Up. To put helm to windward, thus turning to leeward. Bear away.

Beating. Sailing close hauled to get to windward on alternate tacks.


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