Nautical words

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Appleton Layer. Ionised layer of atmosphere about 150 miles above surface of Earth. Reflects short wave radio.

Apprentice. A minor who has been bound by indentures to serve a shipowner for a specified period—usually three or four years— in return for instruction in the duties of a deck officer, together with food, accommodation, and such money payments as may be agreed. Terms of apprenticeship are governed by Merchant Shipping Acts.

Approaching. Getting nearer. As far as the 'Collision Regulations' are concerned, a vessel under way but stopped, or hove to, or in irons, is considered to be approaching a vessel that is getting nearer.

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