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Library => What Does THAT Mean? => Topic started by: Randi on September 30, 2012, 08:26:33 pm

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Post by: Randi on September 30, 2012, 08:26:33 pm
If you have additions, corrections, questions, etc., put them here.
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Post by: jil on September 30, 2012, 09:45:06 pm
Looking good!
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Post by: Janet Jaguar on September 30, 2012, 10:06:55 pm
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Post by: Caro on November 20, 2012, 08:10:54 pm
12.00 noon

Wiki: The ship's Binnacle List is the medical department's report of personnel at sick bay, excused from that day's duty
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Post by: Hanibal94 on November 24, 2014, 07:34:37 am
Rat guard: a disk of sheet metal fitted around a hawser to prevent rats from boarding a vessel moored at a dock.



(When I first saw this log page, I pictured rat cops in tiny blue uniforms!)
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Post by: Kookaburra on November 25, 2014, 09:06:12 pm
Receiving Ship (Wikipedia has an unusually clear definition:)
A receiving ship is a ship that is used in harbor to house newly recruited sailors before they are assigned to a crew.

In the Royal Navy, the use of impressment to collect sailors resulted in the problem of preventing escape of the unwilling "recruits." The receiving ship was part of the solution; it was difficult to get off the ship without being detected, and in any case most sailors before the mid-19th century did not know how to swim.

Receiving ships were typically older vessels that could still be kept afloat, but were obsolete or no longer seaworthy. The practice was especially common in the age of wooden ships, since the old hulls would remain afloat for many years in relatively still waters after they had become too weak to withstand the rigors of the open ocean.

Receiving ships often served as floating hospitals as many were assigned in locations without shore-based station hospitals. Often the afloat surgeon would take up station on the receiving ship.

In this case, the Receiving Ship was the destination of crew being detached from Thetis, not new recruits.
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Post by: Danny252 on January 03, 2015, 10:50:03 pm
For the less nautical amongst us...


The mechanism used to wind the anchor in or out.

Gypsy (UK) or Wildcat (US)

A drum that is part of the windlass that engages the anchor chain via a set of teeth. This drum is connected to the braking and winding mechanisms, allowing the anchor to be wound in or out.

Hawsepipe or Hawse Pipe

A hole in the side of the ship to allow the anchor chain to pass through from the windlass to the water below. May also be used to pass hawsers through.


A thick cable or rope used for mooring and towing.
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Post by: Randi on September 11, 2017, 10:07:23 pm
Ran across a mention of the 'submarine sentry' in the Bear 1914 log while editing ice obs. It is a kite that swims below the ship at a given guard depth (12 ftms in this case) that will sound a gong if it hits the bottom, hence warning of shoal water. I've never heard of this device before. Described in detail in this 1891 text from Science magazine (page down): https://archive.org/stream/jstor-1765472/1765472_djvu.txt