White Forster Boiler. Water-tube boiler of Jarrow type, but with a larger steam drum—that allows for removal and replacement of tubes.
White Horses. Fast-running waves with white foam crests.
White Rope 385____ ______Wind Force
White Rope. Rope and cordage made of untarred hemp.
White Squadron. Former division of a fleet of warships. From 1625 to 1653 was the rear division, under a rear-admiral. After this it was the centre division under a vice-admiral. Discontinued 1864.
White Squall. Sudden squall that causes white foam, or froth, to form on surface of sea. Sometimes applied to a squall in which there is no reduction of light.
Whole Gale.* Wind having a velocity of 48 to 55 knots.
Wholesome. Said of craft that behave well in bad weather.
Widow's Men.*Fictitious names, up to 2 per cent of a crew, that were entered in ship's books of H.M. ships. Their pay and victualling allowances were credited to the 'Widows' Fund'. Commenced 1763, abolished about 1831.