Nautical words



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Watch and Watch. Keeping alternate watches throughout.

Watch Bell. Bell used for striking the half hours of each watch.

Watch Bill. Nominal list of men in a watch, together with their special duties and other relevant particulars.

Watch Buoy. Buoy moored in vicinity of a light-vessel to mark her position, and to give warning if she should drag her moorings.

Watching. Said of a mark buoy when it is fully floating.

Watch Tackle. Small tackle consisting of one single block, one double block, and a rather short fall. Used for general purposes on deck. Formerly used for getting a small but strong pull on running rigging. Also called 'Handy Billy'.


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