Nautical words


Sphinxer. Original name of a 'Spinnaker'. Spica



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Sphinxer. Original name of a 'Spinnaker'.

Spica. Star  Virginis. S.H.A. 159°; Dec. Sll°; Mag. 1-2. Name is Latin for 'Ear of Corn'. Spica's Spanker. Four stars, in constellation Corvus, forming an irregular quadrilateral resembling a spanker; the gaff pointing to Spica.

Spider. Iron band, around a mast, to take lower end of futtock rigging.

Spider Band. Iron band, around mast, for carrying belaying pins.

Spidereen Frigate. Fictitious vessel. A seaman who did not wish to give the name of his ship used to say, 'The spidereen frigate with nine decks.'


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