Nautical words



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Piping the Side. Naval courtesy paid only to specified naval officers, in uniform, boarding or leaving one of H.M. ships during daylight hours. Consists of two calls on boatswain's pipe - one on approach to ship of visiting officer, the other as officer enters ship. Similarly, but in reverse order, as he leaves it.

Piracy. Robbery from a ship. The forcible taking of a ship, her cargo, apparel or furniture from the possession of the owner and for private gain. Also, the forcible entry into a ship for the purpose of damaging her.


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