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Lace Line   A line used to secure a sail to its yard or spar

Larboard  The old name for 'Port' or the left side of a vessel

Lateen  A trangular fore-aft sail on a long yard

Lazarette   A small hold or locker usually in the stern used for stowage

League  An old measure of three nautical miles

Letter of Marque   A Royal license authorizing a non-naval vessel to act as a 'warship' under the Royal flag

Lewis Bolt   An eyebolt socketed and wedged under deck for extra strength.  Usually fitted when a breakbulk cargo vessel had a heavy-lift derrick

Limbers  Holes   Holes in the frames at bilges level to allow drainage

Loblolly  A porridge usually served to sick crew

Loblolly Boy  A surgeons assistant in a naval vessel

Lobscouse   A hash served to crews

Long Stay  A term used for a long anchor rode

Loof  The taper of the hull toward the bow and stern

Lubber  An ackward or not to bright sailor

Lubber's Hole  The hole in a square-rigger through which the shroud heads pass to the mast

Lyle Gun  A small cannon used to fire a projectile to pass a light line, such as a Breeches Buoy rescue rig

Manhelper  A long pole to which at paintbrush or scraper can be attached

Manifest  A master document of a merchant ship listing her cargo, passengers with details

Mitten Money  The extra pilotage fee charged in very cold weather

Mother Carey's Chicken  A seafaring name for stormy petrels

Mouse  To enclose a hook with small line or wire to prevent it jumping free

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There still remain some 400 of our fellow seafarers held ashore and off the coast of Somalia.  There are now quite a few shoddy security outfits trying to make money from this misery.


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