Nautical words

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Dolphin Striker. Spar vertically below end of bowsprit to give downward lead to martingales of jib boom and flying jib boom.

Dominical Letter. Letter that Sundays will have in a given year when January 1 is A and days are successively lettered from A to G.

Donkey. Short form of 'Donkey Boiler', 'Donkey Engine' or 'Donkeyman'.

Donkey Boiler. Small boiler, often vertical, used for generating steam (or winches and other machinery used in harbour.

Donkey Engine. Small steam winch used in sailing ships to reduce number of men required when weighing anchor, pumping, or working cargo.

Donkeyman. Rating who tends a donkey boiler, or engine, and assists in engine-room.

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