LIE OFFTo heave to at some distance from shore.
LIFE BUOYA buoyant ring or some other floating
device, except a life jacket or life belt, designed to
support a person in the water.
LIFE JACKETA buoyant jacket designed to
support a person in the water; a life belt fits only
around the waist.
LIFELINE(1) In general, the lines erected around
the edges of weather decks, specifically, the
topmost line. From top to bottom, the lines are
named lifeline, housing line, and foot rope.
LIGHTEN SHIPTo make a ship lighter by
LIGHT SHIPThe act of dispensing with blackout
LINEAny rope that isnt wire rope.
LINNER BOTTOMThe inside bottom in a system
of double bottoms.
LOG(1) A ships speedometer. (2) The act of a ship
in making a certain speed, as The ship logged 20
knots. (3) Book or ledger in which data or events
that occurred during a watch is recorded.
LOOK ALIVEAdmonishment meaning be alert
or move faster.
LOOKOUTPerson stationed topside as a formal
watch who reports all objects sighted and sounds
heard to the OOD.
LOOMThe glow seen in the sky from a light thats
below the horizon.
LUBBERS LINELine engraved on the inside of a
compass bowl, representing the ships head, by
which the ships course is steered.
LUCKY BAGLocker, under the charge of the
master-at-arms, used to stow gear found adrift and
MAGAZINECompartment used for stowage of
MAGNETIC BEARINGThe direction of the
object measured on a magnetic compass.
MAIN DECKThe uppermost complete deck.
MAINMASTSecond mast aft from the bow.
MANTo assume a station, as to man a gun.
MAN-O-WARSee COMBATANT SHIP.
MARLINETwo-strand, left-laid, tarred hemp.
MARLINSPIKETapered steel tool used to open the
strands of wire for splicing.
MARLINESPIKE SEAMANSHIPThe art of
caring for and handling all types of line and wire.
MASTER-AT-ARMSA member of a ships police
MASTHEAD LIGHTA 20-point, white running
light located in the fore part of the ship. May or
may not be on the foremast.
MATEA shipmate; another Sailor.
MEET HERSlow the swing of a ship by putting on
MESS(1) Meal. (2) Place where meals are eaten, as
mess hall. (3) A group of personnel who take meals
together, as the officers mess.
MESSENGER(1) A line used to haul another
heavier line across an intervening space. (2) One
who delivers messages.
MIDWATCHThe watch that begins at 0000 and
ends at 0400.
MIND YOUR RUDDERAn order to the helmsman
to steer the proper course.
MONKEY FISTA complicated knot worked into
the end of a heaving line to provide weight.
MOOR(1) To anchor, using two anchors. (2) To
make fast to a mooring buoy. (3) To make fast to a
pier or another ship.
MOORING BUOYA large, anchored float a ship
may moor to.
MORNING WATCHThe 0400 to 0800 watch.
MOTOR WHALEBOATA double-ended power-
MUSTER(1) A roll call. (2) The act of assembling
for a roll call.
NEST(1) Two or more boats stowed one within the
other. (2) Two or more ships moored alongside
NOTHING TO THE RIGHT (LEFT)Order given
to the helmsman not to allow the ship to come to
right (left) of the course because of some danger
lying on that side of the course.