Nautical words


Royal National Lifeboat Institution



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Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Voluntary society that mainĀ­tains lifeboats and life-saving apparatus around coasts of the British Isles.

Royal Observatory. Establishment in which time is ascertained and celestial movements and phenomena are observed and noted. At Greenwich from 1675 to 1943. Now at Herstmonceux Castle.

Royal (Sail). Sail next above topgallant sail. Generally the upper sail on mast of a square-rigged ship.

Royal Yacht Squadron. Premier yacht club of the British Empire. Founded at Cowes in 1812; given title 'Royal' in 1820.

Royal Yard. Yard next above topgallant yard: carries royal sail.


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