Nautical words


Wale Knot. Wall knot. Wales



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Wale Knot. Wall knot.

Wales. The strongest strakes in hull of a wooden vessel.

'Walk Away. ' Order to haul on a rope by taking it in hand and walking.

'Walk Back. ' Order to keep a fall in hand but walk back so that the purchase will overhaul by virtue of its load.

Wallings. The two large mesh nets of a trammel.

Wall Knot. Made in end of a rope by unlaying strands, and passing each strand up and through bight of next strand, working in direction of lay of rope.

Wall-Sided. Said of a vessel having perpendicular sides.

Walt, Walty. Crank, cranky.

Walrus. Carnivorous sea mammal, about 10 to 12 ft. long, found in arctic regions. Name means 'whale horse'.

Wane. Decrease of Moon's illuminated area, as viewed from Earth.

Waning 377 Warranty



Waning. Said of Moon when she is in her third and fourth quarters, and her illuminated area is decreasing. Also applied to inferior planets when phasing.

Wapp.* Small sheave, or thimble, in end of a pendant for use as a fair leader.

Ward Robe. Space in olden ships for stowage of valuables taken out of enemy vessels. Being empty when leaving home ports, it was used as a mess room for officers of lieutenant's rank –for whom no mess was then provided.

Ward Room. General mess room and meeting place, in H.M. ships, for officers of lieutenant's rank and above, but excluding flag officers and commanding officer.

Ward Rope.* Early 17th -century spelling of 'ward robe'.

Warkamoowee. Cingalese canoe with outriggers and sail. Manned by about five men.

Warm Front. A indeterminate line on which a mass of warm air meets and rises over a mass of colder air. Its approach is usually accompanied by rain.


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