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WHATS IN A NAME - MORE

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


Good Watch

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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