Brave West Winds. Prevalent west winds in temperate latitudes.
Brazil Current. Southern branch of Equatorial Current. Sets S'ly from off Cape San Roque to approximately latitude of River Plate; there merging into 'Southern Ocean Drift'. Breach. Said of waves that break over a vessel.
Breadth. Of a flag, is measure of its vertical side. Also used to denote number of widths of bunting used; width of bunting being 18 inches, a five breadth flag would measure 7 ft. 6 in. vertically.
Breadth Line.Longitudinal line of a ship, following the upper ends of timbers of frames.
Break. Of forecastle or poop, is the midship end of the raised deck. A wave is said to break when it curls over and foams.
'Breakage.' Ship's immunity from this damage exists only when it is not due to any fault of ship.