A dictionary of sea terms (with illustrations)
for the use of yachtsmen, amateur boatmen, and beginners
From the introduction:
I am anxious to make it clear that this little Dictionary is intended as a help to beginners. I do not profess to teach those who may be already experienced in yachting and the art of boat-sailing, and still less those acquainted with the sea. For these there are various nautical dictionaries; but so far as I am aware, there is no such work exclusively devoted to those who start in entire ignorance of their subject; and to supply this apparent want the present work is an attempt. Such a work presents some difficulties, and is, therefore, naturally open to criticism.
Nautical terms are essentially technical; many are used in various senses, while sometimes several may have but one meaning. And besides these, we have a list of expressions which, while they cannot be regarded as sea terms, have direct reference to boat-building and boat-sailing. It is to be feared, too, that some of those phrases now commonly met within the sporting journals may have been overlooked.
Numerous as are the terms in daily use among seafaring men, their number has been considerably enlarged of late years, not only in consequence of recent improvements in yacht-building, which require new names for parts and fittings hitherto unknown, but chiefly in consequence of that tendency in a certain class of sporting scriveners so to expand the technicality and the volubility of their nautical language that it has been found impossible to keep pace with them.
True maritime terms may generally be traced back to very simple derivations. To understand the derivation of a word is to understand it in its fullest meaning. For this reason, wherever the origin of an expression is known, I have taken the opportunity of inserting it. The principal works of reference used in this compilation are Falconer's " Dictionary of the Marine"; Smyth's " Sailor's Word- Book"; "Dictionary of Science, Literature and Art" (Brande and Cox);
-The Boating-man's Vade-Mecum " (Winn); "Boat- sailing for Amateurs" (Davies). To these and other authorities, I must acknowledge my indebtedness. And, in conclusion, I must fulfil a promise in dedicating my work to my two children, who, at the ages of seven and eight, are already handy in a boat and familiar with a great number of the terms I have endeavoured to explain.
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