Nautical words


Spile. A small tapered wooden pin. Spile Hole



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Spile. A small tapered wooden pin.

Spile Hole. Small hole bored in cask or barrel to allow air to enter when emptying.

Spiling. Curved edge of a shaped strake when laid flat.

Spilings. Perpendicular distances from a line that joins two ends, of a spiling, to points of the spiling.

Spill. To take wind out of a sail by putting its leech into the wind.

Spilling Line. Rope put on sail, in bad weather, for spilling wind out of sail when clewing uo.

Spinaker, Spinnaker. Large sail put on side of mast opposite to mainsail when running. First used, 1886, in H. C. Maudslay's 'Sphinx'. For this reason, was called 'Sphinxer'; later became 'spinaker'.

Spindle. Strong and firmly supported steel shaft around which a capstan revolves; or which, when keyed to capstan, will revolve the capstan.

Spindle.* Timber forming the diameter of a 'made' wooden mast.


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