GANGWAY(1) The opening in a bulwark or lifeline
to provide access to a brow or an accommodation
ladder. (2) Given as an order it means Clear the
GANTLINELine used for hoisting and lowering a
GENERAL ALARMA sound signal of a pulsating
ringing tone used only on board ship for calling all
hands to general quarters.
GENERAL QUARTERS (GQ)The condition of
full readiness for battle.
GIGBoat assigned for the commanding officers
GIRDERA longitudinal supporting a deck.
GRANNY KNOTA bungled square knot.
GRAPNELA small, four-armed anchor used to
recover objects in the water.
GRIPEDevice for securing a boat at its davits or in a
GROUND TACKLEEquipment used in anchoring
or mooring with anchors.
GUNWALE(Pronounced gunnel.) The upper edge
of the sides of a ship.
GUYA line used to steady a spar or boom.
HALF DECKA partial deck below the main deck.
HALYARDA light line used to hoist a flag or
HANDA ships crew member.
HANDSOMELYSlowly and carefully.
HARD OVERCondition of a rudder that has been
turned to the maximum possible rudder angle.
HASHMARK(Service stripe.) A red, blue, or gold
diagonal stripe across the left sleeve of an enlisted
persons jumper or coat; each stripe indicates 4
HATCHA square or rectangular access in a deck.
HAULTo pull in or heave on a line by hand.
HAUL OFFChanging a vessels course to keep
clear of another vessel.
HAWSEPIPEOpening through which the anchor
cable runs from the deck out through the side of the
HAWSERAny heavy wire or line used for towing or
HEAD(1) The upper end of a lower mast boom. (2)
Compartment containing toilet facilities. (3)
HEADINGThe direction toward which the ship is
pointing at any instant.
HEAVE AROUND(1) Th act of hauling in a line,
usually by means of a capstan or winch. (2)
General term for Get to work.
HEAVE INTake in line or cable.
HEAVE OUT AND TRICE UPAnnouncement
given at reveille to persons sleeping in hammocks.
It means Get up and lash up your hammocks.
This term now applies to ships equipped with
HEAVE TOStopping or reducing headway of a
vessel just enough to maintain steerageway.
HEAVING LINEA line with a weight at one end
that is heaved across an intervening space for the
purpose of passing over a heavier line.
HELMMechanical device used to turn the rudder;
usually a wheel aboard ship; a lever in boats.
HELMSMANPerson who steers the ship by turning
HIGHLINEThe line stretched between the ships
under way on which a trolley block travels back
and forth for transfer of material and personnel.
HITCH(1) Used to bend a line to or around a ring or
cylindrical object. (2) Common term for an
HOLDLarge cargo stowage space aboard ship.
HOLDING BULKHEADThe innermost of a series
of bulkheads that form the tanks and voids of the
HOLIDAYSpace on a painted surface that the
painter neglected to cover.
HOOKFamiliar term for the anchor.
HORNOne of the projections of a cleat.
HOUSEThe act of two-blocking (pulling up tight)
an anchor in its hawsepipe.