Nautical words



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Threefold Purchase. Purchase rove through two treble blocks, so gaining a power of six or seven-depending on which block moves.

Three Half Hitches (are more than the King's yacht wants). Rebuke to those who make excessive and unnecessary fastenings of ropes.

Three-Island Type. Name given to cargo vessels having raised forecastle, midship houses, and poop, and rather low freeboard elsewhere. Distinguishes them from flush deck vessels, and others.

Three L's. Lead, latitude and look-out. First used by Sir John Norris (1660-1749) as being the best guide for 'Coming up the Channel'.


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