Nautical words



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Whistling for Wind. Based on a very old tradition that whistling at sea will cause a wind to rise.

Whistling Psalms to the Taffrail. Nautical phrase that means giving good advice that will not be taken.

White Caps. Foam on crests of waves.

White Combination Engine. Propelling engine combining a high­ speed triple-expansion engine and a Parson's reaction turbine.

White Ensign. Ensign having a white ground with a red St. George's cross, and Union in inner upper canton. Is the proper ensign of Her Majesty's ships, and shore establishments under naval command, and yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron.


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