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Maritime jargon and acronyms explained


Many nautical phrases, acronyms, and abbreviations help to standardise the worldwide nautical language and improve communication on the seas. You may acquire some of the fundamental language needed to travel on the seas, whether you’re a landlubber who dreams of sailing or simply enjoy the sound of nautical phrases, but if you work in the industry, it’s important for you to know the jargon inside and out.


Commonly used phrases

Describing the Vessel:

The first step in understanding the sea-faring lingo is being able to point out the various parts of the ship. Here are all the basics you need to know.

  • Aft – Back half of the vessel
  • Anchor – A large metal weight linked to the vessel by a chain that is thrown overboard to keep it from drifting.
  • Backstays – Lines or cables that hold the mast aloft.
  • Berth – The area on the boat, below deck where they crew sleep.
  • Bilge – The space below the ship’s hull
  • Bow – The front of the ship
  • Bridge – The ships command centre
  • Cleat – A stationary fixture aboard a ship where a rope is secured
  • Fender – A foam or air-filled bumper that prevents boats from colliding with each other or the piers when it’s docked
  • Foot – The base of the sail
  • Galley – The vessels kitchen
  • Mast – The vertical pole that holds rigging or sails in place.
  • Poop deck – The high deck at the back of the vessel
  • Rigging – The structure

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