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101 Cards in this Set

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The person who is in charge of a vessel and legally responsible for it and its occupants. Normally the master.
Chief Engineer
The senior engineer officer responsible for the satisfactory working and upkeep of the main and auxiliary machinery and boiler plant on board a ship.
Chief Mate
The officer in the deck department next in rank to the master; second in command of a ship. The chief mate assumes the position of the Master in his absence.
The highest unlicensed rating in the deck department who has immediate charge of all deck hands, oversees deck crew, maintenance and upkeep of the ship except for the engine room and galley areas
Person in charge of a certain task.
Able Bodied Seaman
A member of the deck crew who is able to perform all the duties of an experienced seamen; certificated by examination; must have three years sea service. Also called Able Seamen and A.B.
Ordinary Seaman
A deck crew member who is subordinate to the Able Bodied Seamen.
Deck Hand
An assistant to people or a "gopher"
Accommodation Ladder
The portable steps from the gangway down to the waterline.
A gangway or gangplank. Used to cross from one ship to another, or from a ship to a pier.
The confirmed or official dimensions of a ship.
A loading platform extending at an angle from the shore.
A wood, metal or concrete pole driven into the bottom. Craft may be made fast to a pile; it may be used to support a pier or a float.
A machine used for lifting vessels over a shoal or bar
An upright, wooden or iron post to which hawsers or mooring lines may be secured.
A fitting of wood or metal, with horns, used for securing lines (tying up).
Along Side
A phrase referring to the side of a ship. Goods delivered alongside are to be placed on the dock or barge within reach of the transport ship's tackle so that they can be loaded.
Campanion Ladder
Mounted on transon of ship for use of crew
Bosun's Locker
Locker in which deck tackle is stored.
Bosun's Chair
Canvas or wood seat attached a halyard to raise and lower someone to work on the mast
A fitting through which anchor or mooring lines are led. Usually U-shaped to reduce chafe.
A vertical post extending above the deck for securing mooring lines
A frame that supports a boat when she's hauled out of the water onto shore.
A small crane that projects over the side of the boat to raise or lower objects (such as smaller boats) from or to the water.
At or towards the stern or rear of a ship. In, near, or toward the stern of vessel.
# A call used in hailing a vessel or boat (hey!).
Seaman's call to attract attention.
All Hands
The entire crew
Above the deck of the ship
Rear part of the ship. or stern part of the ship
The raised part of the forward end of a ship's hull. The inside space may be used for crew accommodation or quarters
All the arts and skills of boat handling
The middle portion of a vessel.
At or towards the stern or rear of a ship.
Loose wood or other matters, placed on the bottom of the hold, above the ballast, to stow cargo upon.
Making sure no accidents happen
Safety Harness
A device worn around a person's body that can be tethered to jack lines to help prevent a person from falling overboard.
Long cylindrical bars of iron or copper, used to secure or unite the different parts of a vessel
To make fast; safe; the completion of a drill or exercise on board ship.
Spar Buoy
A tall buoy used as a navigational aid.
To raise an anchor clear of the bottom.
Field Day
A day for general ship cleaning
Tightly woven cloth used for sails, awnings, covers, dodgers and biminis; slang for sails
Gang Way
A device by which persons come on board or disembark the vessel.
Abrasion, wear or damage to a line caused by rubbing against another object
Ditty Bag
A small bag for carrying or stowing all personal articles.
Palm and Needle
A seaman's sewing outfit for heavy work.
A ring formed of rope, by laying round a single strand.
Towards the center line of a ship
Jacob's Ladder
A rope ladder, lowered from the deck, as when pilots or passengers come aboard.
Life boat
Small boat carried on the vessel and used in case of emergency.
Life Jacket
A safety device. A floating jacket used to help you float if in the water. Especially if you are unconcious.
Life line
A line secured along the deck to lay hold of in heavy weather
Safety Of Life At Sea
A single turn of rope when a rope is coiled down.
Process of coiling a rope
To lay a line out in coils so that it can run without fouling
To lay a rope up in a ring
To coil flat down on deck, each fake outside the other
The part of the rope or line, between the end and the standing part, on which a knot is formed.
Bitter End
The last part of a rope or last link in an anchor chain.
Chafing Gear
Tubing or cloth wrapping used to protect a line from chafing on a rough surface.
An air operated device for hoisting or pulling.
Fake Down
To fake line back and forth on deck.
A small anchor with several claws, used to secure boats.
End for End
Reversing the position of an object or line
Handy Billy
A movable block and tackle used on board for a variety of purposes, including the handling of cargo in holds.
A block of wood or iron, placed through the hole in the heel of a mast, and resting on the trestle-trees of the mast below
Any rope or line.
A material line is made out of.
A material line is made out of. (a natural material)
A smaller line that makes up larger line. In 3 strand line one of the strands would be a fiber.
Another term for line
Rope Yarn
A thread of hemp, or other stuff, of which a rope is made.
A number of rope-yarns twisted together.
it refers to the direction in which the strands are twisted
A braid of foxes- (Made by twisting together two or more rope-yarns)
Small Stuff
The term for spunyarn, marline, and the smallest kinds of rope
To wind small stuff, as rope-yarns, spunyarn, etc.
A small line
A small line
A small line
A small line
Fire and Emergency
Continuous sounding of general alarm bells and ships whistle for at least 10 seconds
Abandon Ship
More than 6 short blasts and one long blast on the whistle and general alarm bells
Man Over Board
Hail and pass words " man overboard" to the bridge, or morse O, or 3 long blasts on ships whistle and general alarm.
Dismissal from fire and emergency
3 short rings on general alarm and ships whistle
Lower Life Boats
One short blast on the whistle
Stop lowering life boats
Two short blasts on the ships whistle
Raise Boats
a verbal (spoken) command given by coxswain to "raise the boat"
Dismissal from boat stations
Three short blast on ships whistle
How do you mark a life boat? (whats written on it, how big)
3 inch letters: Vessles Name, Lifeboat number
One and a half inch letters: capacity in cubic feet, # of people, and home port.
Builders Plate
Has to be on one side of the lifeboat and tells all details about the boat.
Equipment in Lifeboat
must have vessels name printed on it (oars, pfd's, and emergency position indicating beacons
Numbering lifeboats
from foward port to aft port: 2,4,6,8,10

from forward starboard to aft starboard: 1,3,5,7,9
nested boats
boats within a life boat would be numbered 1A if it was in lifeboat 1 if in lifeboat 5 would be 5A
Double ended
lifeboats that are pointed on both sides
Every year you have to do what to the lifeboats?
strip, cleaned, nd overhualed
it is a heavy metal bar attached to bottom of the boat as the backbone of the boat.
front of the boat (part of the keel)
Stern post
back of the boat (part of the keel)
runs along the top row plating on both sides of the lifeboat