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Unusual Nautical Terms

Ahoy, mateys! When you start boating it can seem a bit daunting with all the terms and all the parts of the boats but here are a few particularly strange ones used on ships.

A lot of the nautical dictionary comes from the great age of sailing ships, the 16th to the 18th century and mostly influenced by the English and the Dutch language.

•             Bottomry - Using the ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage

•             Demurrage - Delay of vessel's departure or loading with cargo

•             Escutcheon - Part of ship's stern where name is displayed

•             Loxodograph - Device used to record ship's travels

•             Orlop - Lowest deck in a ship having four or more decks

You never know when these terms will be useful…….pub quiz!

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