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Nautical Words Quiz

Based on the definitions, guess these nautical words, past and present.
Last updated: January 28, 2014
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Definition
Word
Right
Starboard
Left
Port
Back part of a ship
Stern
Front part of a ship
Bow
Kitchen
Galley
Toilet
Head
Material thrown overboard
Jetsam
Floating wreckage of a ship
Flotsam
Crustacean that attaches to the
underside of a ship
Barnacle
Tower that supports the sails
Mast
To revolt against the captain
Mutiny
The downwind direction
Leeward
Definition
Word
Waves made in the path of a ship
Wake
Heavy material put in a ship to provide stability
Ballast
To strand someone on a deserted island
Maroon
Watered down rum given as rations
Grog
Hard, dry biscuit used for long voyages
Hardtack
Slang for captain, especially
on Gilligan's Island
Skipper
Cargo area
Hold
Nautical version of "Hey!"
Ahoy
Commander of a naval fleet
Admiral
Nautical command for "Stop"
Avast
This is dropped to keep the ship in place
Anchor
To punish by dragging under the keel of a ship
Keelhaul
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level 83
Jan 24, 2014
Some other good words are bulkhead, deck, overhead and compartment.
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level 15
Dec 24, 2014
LOL you MUST be in the Navy!!!
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level 82
Jan 28, 2014
for the last, did you mean 'under the keel of a ship?' Was surprised simply 'tack' wasn't accepted, but not a big deal.
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level ∞
Jan 28, 2014
Fixed the typo and tack will work now.
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level 59
Feb 17, 2014
100 Parrrcent!
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level 37
Feb 18, 2014
I see what you did there.
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level 59
Feb 18, 2014
Missed jetsam and flotsam by spelling them "jetsom" and "flotsom".
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level 69
Mar 3, 2014
More terms to include would be forecastle (Pronounced Folksle) and the Fantail.
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level 55
Jul 29, 2015
You'll sometimes seen it written out as "fo'c'sle."
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level 58
Apr 30, 2014
Yard arm, reef, forecastle, brig, cable tier, quarterdeck, poop deck,
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level 10
Jun 22, 2014
Commandeer. We're going to commandeer that ship. Nautical term.
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level 73
Oct 22, 2014
Always wondered what "avast" meant.
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level 55
Jul 29, 2015
From the English "hold fast," or the Dutch "houd vast."
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level 67
Nov 2, 2014
Latrine
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level 67
Dec 9, 2014
Always 'Head' or 'Heads' in British Navy anyway.
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level 55
Jul 29, 2015
"Latrine" is more commonly used in the Army, not so much in the Navy.
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level 66
Jan 10, 2019
Nope.
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level 15
Dec 24, 2014
i see there's a lot of sailors on here lol
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level 58
Nov 17, 2015
When trying to think of the nickname for captain, I asked myself, "What nickname does Gilligan use for the Skipper?" (Duh).
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level 76
Nov 25, 2015
I know most of these terms in French just from reading Jules Verne novels... Turns out I don't know as many in English.
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level 72
Feb 24, 2016
I always thought the skipper was second in command. Otherwise that game Captain, Skipper, Mate doesn't really make any sense
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level 59
Mar 29, 2016
Thank you to "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies for teaching me some of the more obscure ones.
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level 67
Nov 6, 2016
Good quiz, Just one little comment, I would like the wording to be "Waves made BY the path of a ship"
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level 46
Jan 10, 2019
but the path doesnt make the waves, there is no path if there is no ship. Like the path i take doesnt flatten the grass, it is not the path that flatten it, I/my shoes do. The path is an abstract concept so it has no influence on the waves it is just the future direction the ship is heading
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level 55
Nov 6, 2016
Guybrush Threepwood told me most of these
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level 63
Nov 6, 2016
No "scuttlebutt"?! Grat quiz though, I got 100!
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level 58
Nov 6, 2016
Starboard! Port. Skipper. Deck. Cabin. Galley. Keel. 1924!
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level 46
Jan 10, 2019
somehow that made me think of the penguins of madagascar...
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level 60
Nov 6, 2016
Please accept fore and aft for the front and back parts of a ship.
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level 68
Nov 6, 2016
Is there any reason why there is so much jargon when it comes to sailing? Why does sailing need its own terms for right/left/toilet etc?
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level 67
Nov 7, 2016
It is actually helpful to differentiate between port/starboard and right/left when on a ship. The starboard side is on the right if you are facing forward. If you turn around and start walking aft, then the starboard side of the ship is on your left. Said another way, right/left reference you, port/starboard reference the ship. Just like west is generally left on a map, but west and left are quite different. In some cases sailing does need it's own terms for things because they precisely describe important things and concepts. In other cases, it is just a matter of history and the evolution of sailing technology. In this respect, it is no different than any other specialized field. I think that the reason sailing has a particularly rich and diverse jargon is that sailors were much more isolated than other craftsmen and specialists.
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level 67
Feb 11, 2017
Starboard is derived from the old Norse Styri boro where Styri means Rudder and Boro refers to the side of the ship. Olden ships were steered by a long oar-like projection on the right side of the ship (most people right-handed) and because of this the ship would pull into a wharf on the clear side or Port side.
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level 46
Jan 10, 2019
yea stuurboord in dutch and stuur is steering(wheel), But it is (afaik) not derived from norse, norse just like dutch and german have a similar word for it. And all of thóse derive from an even older shared root, Proto-germanic
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level 49
Nov 7, 2016
Fun quiz. Never heard of hardtack though - could only think of sea biscuit and ships biscuit - it seems there are a lot of different words for that.
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level 65
Nov 8, 2016
took forever to get flotsam...thought correct spelling was floatsam..you know..."floating"
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level 57
Dec 26, 2016
Nice place to use "abeam ".. so we can burst in flames discussing about the proper use of that.
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level 46
Mar 21, 2017
To stop a ship is to "heave to."
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level 67
Apr 9, 2017
Also if you drink too much Ouzo.
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
lived on a small boat for 3 years, so this was pretty easy
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level 46
Jan 10, 2019
should bow wave be accepted aswell. And aft (or even poop) for stern.

And i wrote leeway instead of leeward :/ I knew sort of but it is double hard in english

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level 46
Jan 10, 2019
forgot to check the box... see above
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