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Letters of Marque and Countermarque

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Letters of Marque and Countermarque. Written authority, from a sovereign state, to attack enemy ships in retaliation for a loss suffered, and to resist attack from enemy ships.

Letters of Mart and Countermart. 'Letters of Marque and Counter­marque.'

Levanter. Easterly wind in Straits of Gibraltar during March, and from July to October.

Leveche. Hot S'ly wind on SE coast of Spain. Precedes a depres­sion and is often accompanied by dust.

Level Lines. Lines representing boundaries of horizontal sections of a ship made by planes parallel to keel.

Leviathan. Biblical name for a marine monster. Name has been given to the Egyptian crocodile, to a large Mediterranean cetacean, and to a sea serpent.

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