Nautical words



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Purchase Blocks. Sheaved blocks used in forming a purchase.

Purchase Fall. Rope rove through blocks to obtain mechanical advantage.

Purple Light. Rather bright patch of sky sometimes observable about 25° above point at which Sun set Maximum brightness occurs when Sun is 4° below horizon.

Purse 266 Pyxis Nautica



Purse. Bag-shaped fishing-net, the mouth of which can be drawn together and closed.

Purser. Usually pronounced 'pusser'. Officer responsible, under Captain, for ship's disbursements, money transactions and stores. In R.N. he has been displaced by accountant officers. In 17th century he was responsible to owners for all cargo and freight transactions.


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