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|PAY OUT : To slack off or ease out a line.||PELICAN HOOK : a hook used to provide a quick release. It can be opened while under strain by knocking away a locking ring which holds it closed.||PILOTHOUSE : enclosure on the bridge centerline housing the main steering control. Also called the WHEELHOUSE.|
|PLANKOWNER : a man who has been on board since ship was commissioned.||PUDDING : A bulky fender attached to a strongback or to the stem or gunwales of the boat.||PURCHASE : A combination of one or more blocks reeved with a line or wire. Also called TACKLE, BLOCK AND TACKLE, or when reeved with a chain, a CHAIN FALL.|
|RAT GUARD : A hinged metal disk which can be secured to a mooring line to prevent rats from using the line to gain access to the ship.||RENDER : Expresses the idea of "to travel freely through or around," as a fall which renders around the blocks in a tackle.|
|SAMSON POST : A vertical timber on the forward deck of a boat used in towing and securing.||SCUTTLE: A small, quick closing access hole. To sink a ship by deliberate flooding.||SHORE : A portable beam used in damage control. To shore up is to brace up.|
|SHROUD: Piece of standing rigging that provides athwartships support for a mast.||SILENCE : Command given by any member of a gun crew who observes a serious casualty that requires immediate attention. All members freeze and remain silent until the gun captain or other responsible person issues an order.||SMART: Neat, shipshape; efficient; military; quick.|
|SPECIAL SEA DETAIL : Men assigned on a Navy ship to special duties connected with entering or leaving port.||SQUILGEE : A wooden, rubber-shod deck drier. It works somewhat on the principle of a windshield wiper. (Pronounced "SQUEEGEE".)||STERN FAST : A line used to make a boat fast by the Stern.|
|THIMBLE : A metal ring grooved to fit inside an eye splice.||THWARTS : The cross seats or planks in a boat just below the gunwales.|
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