Nautical words


Swabber. One who swabs a deck. Anciently, an inferior officer who was responsible for the cleanliness of the decks. Swab Hitch



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Swabber. One who swabs a deck. Anciently, an inferior officer who was responsible for the cleanliness of the decks.

Swab Hitch. Name often given to a single sheet bend.

Swallow. That opening, in a block, through which the rope is rove.

Swallow Tail. Flag or pendant having a V-shaped indentation in the fly.

Swallow the Anchor. To leave the sea and settle ashore.

Swamp. To overwhelm with water; not necessarily to sink.

Swash 341 Swinging Boom

Swash, Swatch. Narrow channel, or indentation in a sandbank, or between a sandbank and the shore.

Swashway, Swatchway. Swash, Swatch.

Sway. To hoist an upper mast or yard.

Sway Away. Order to hoist a yard, or upper mast.

Sweat Up. To haul on a rope to hoist the last possible inch or so.

Sweep. Long oar used in barges and lighters for turning them. Only used rarely for propulsion. Formerly used in small sailing vessels. 2. To propel with sweeps. 3. To search for a sunken object by towing a bight of wire until it is brought up by the object. 3. To search an area of the sea with two or more ships working in concert. 4. The harmonious curve of a vessel's line or plating. 5. Circular frame on which tiller moved in certain olden ships.


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