Nautical words



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Cylindrical Projection. Projection of surface of sphere to inside surface of a cylinder that touches sphere on one line. Projection is by straight lines from centre of sphere. Mercator's Projection is not of this type, though it may resemble it.

Cynosure. Constellation Ursa Major. Name was given to Polaris. As it is Greek for 'dog's tail', it is obvious that the constellation was looked upon as resembling a dog.

Dabchick 106 Date Line



Dabchick. Diving bird. Particularly applied to the Little Grebe, which is frequently seen near coast.

Dagger. Piece of timber used to support poppets of bilgeways during launching of a vessel.


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