DRIFTThe speed at which a ship is pushed off
course by wind and current.
DROUGUESee SEA ANCHOR.
DRYDOCKA dock from which the water may be
removed for the purpose of inspecting or working
on a ships bottom; it may be either floating or built
into the shore.
EASETo relax, to slack.
EASE HERReduce the amount of rudder the ship is
EBB, EBB TIDE, ON THE EBBA falling tide.
EIGHT OCLOCK REPORTSReports received
shortly before 2000 by the executive officer from
the heads of departments.
E N G I N E - O R D E R T E L E G R A P H E l e c t r o -
mechanical device that transmits orders to the
engine room concerning the speed of the engines.
ENSIGN(1) The national flag. (2) The lowest grade
of commissioned officer.
EYESThe most forward part of the forecastle.
FAIRLEADA device, usually a block, for leading a
line around a corner.
FAIRWAYThoroughfare for a ship.
FALLA line, wire, or chain rove on a purchase.
FANTAILThe after end of the main deck.
FATHOMUnit of measurement equal to a depth of 6
FENDERA cushioning device hung over the side of
a ship to prevent contact between the ship and the
pier or another ship.
FIDA long, tapered, wooden tool used to open the
strands of a line for splicing.
FIELD DAYA day devoted to general cleaning,
usually in preparation for an inspection.
FIREMAINPiping system to which fire hydrants
FIRST WATCHThe 2000 to 2400 watch. Also
called the evening watch.
FIRST CALLA routine call sounded as a warning
signal for roll call formations and many other
ceremonies; also sounded 5 minutes before
morning and evening colors.
FISHHOOKA broken end of wire protruding from
a wire rope.
FLAG OFFICERAn officer of the rank of rear
admiral or higher.
FLAGSTAFFVertical staff at the stern to which the
ensign is hoisted when moored or at anchor.
FLATPartial deck (often a grating) to provide
walking and working surfaces; used extensively in
FLEETAn organization of ships, aircraft, marine
forces, and shore-based fleet activities, all under
one commander, for the purpose of conducting
FLOOD(1) To fill a space with water. (2) A rising
FOGY(Pronounced fo-gee.) A longevity pay
FORE AND AFTThe entire length of a ship, as in
Sweep down fore and aft.
FORECASTLE(Pronounced fok-sul.) Forward
section of the main deck, generally extending from
the stem aft to just abaft the anchor windlass.
FOREMASTFirst mast aft from the bow.
FORENOON WATCHThe 0800 to 1200 watch.
FOUL(1) Entangled, as The lines are foul of each
other. (2) Stormy.
FOUNDERTo sink because of being overwhelmed
by the sea.
FRAMEThe athwartship strength member of a
FRAPPING LINESLines passed around boat falls
to steady the boat when hoisting or lowering.
FREEBOARDVertical distance from waterline to
GAFFA light spar set at an angle from the upper part
of a mast from which the ensign is flown when a
ship is under way.
GALLEYSpace where food is prepared. Never
called a kitchen.