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Sailing Ship FAQ

Yarns, myths, legends and superstitions

Sea Shanties!

Nautical terms

  1. What is a windjammer?

    Good question; well, some sailors didn't like this term, it's an Americanism, I think I read somewhere. Well, it's all about the sails! It's  very literal expression; I'm still getting to grips with all the nautical in's and out's.


    The Garthpool is frequently cited in the various books and articles I have read as a 'four masted square rigged barque'; you also get 3 masted or 2 masted barques. It's something about the rigging, the positioning of the sails and such like. As you can see, I'm not that well versed in the strict technical definition, but I'm learning bit by bit.


    Help me and forum members, by submitting your own nautical knowledge and I'll create a dedicated section for all things technical and jargon based from the world of sailing!


    Also see the Resources section for links; one such page that maybe of use is Started Sailing and such like.

      

  2. What are the different masts called?

    TBC

  3. What is the donkey house?

    TBC

  4. What is the forecastle?

    A section of the ship where crew would sit about, sharing yarns, singing shanties and the like. (More to add soon)

  5. What are the scuppers?

    Areas along the sides that let water run off (clarity of meaning to be added!)

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Yarns, myths, legends and superstitions

  1. TBC

    TBC

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Sea Shanties!

  1. What is a shanty?

    A working song, designed to help the crew move/pull ropes and such like at the right pace and the like (More to add soon)

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