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|HAWSER : A heavy line over 5 inches in circumference used for towing or mooring.||HEAVE : to throw, as to "heave a lead" or to "heave a heaving line". To haul on a line or wire.||HITCH : Method of securing a line to a hook, ring, or spar.|
|HOIST IN : To hook on, hoist and stow, or secure a boat aboard ship.||HOLD : Compartment aboard ship used for stowing cargo.|
|INBOARD LIFELINES : Temporary lifelines erected inboard of the permanent lifelines during heavy weather.|
|JACK : The blue, white-starred flag flown at the bow (jackstaff) of a ship at anchor or moored.||JACKBOX : Receptacle, usually secured to a bulkhead, into which telephone plugs or jacks are fitted.||JACK-OF-THE-DUST : Man in charge of the provision issue room.|
|KING'S POST : Post supporting the cargo booms on cargo ships. Also, the upright which supports the boom of a crane.||KINK : A twist which disturbs the lay of line and wire.||KNOT : (1) A unit of speed equal to 1 nautical mile (6080 feet) per hour. (2) A collective term for hitches and bends.|
|LAY : Expresses the idea of "to move oneself", as "lay (yourself) up on the main deck" or "lay (yourself) aft". The direction of the twist of strands of a rope.||LEE: The opposite direction from which the wind is blowing. Sheltered area to leeward of a ship or other windbreaker.||LEFT-HANDED : Counterclockwise. Extended to mean "not the right way" or "backwards".|
|LIE OFF : Heave to at some distance away.||LIFELINE : In general, the lines erected around the edges of decks. Specifically, the top line. From top to bottom, the lines are named lifeline, housing line, and foot rope.||LIGHT SHIP : A command or word passed which permits lights to be shown as the ship is secured from being darkened.|
|LOCKER : A metal cabinet, fitted with a lock, in which men keep their gear. Any small compartment or cabinet.||LONG SPLICE : Joining the ends of two lines in such a manner that the splice does not enlarge the line and it will pass freely through a block.||LUBBER'S LINE: A line marked on the forward inside face of the bowl of a fixed compass. It is a reference mark to show the vessel's heading. It is sometimes called a "lubber's Mark" or a "lubber's point."|
|MACNAMARA LACE : Fancy curtains and trimming for barges and gigs worked from unlaid canvas threads.||MANROPE : A safety line, or a line rigged to assist men to ascend or descend.||MARLINE : Two-strand, left-laid tarred hemp.|
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