Able SeamanAbsolute TemperatureAble Seaman.
An experienced seaman competent to perform the usualand customary duties on deck. In sailing ships, had to be able to 'hand,reef and steer'. In Merchant Navy, has to have served satisfactorily ondeck and pass an exam. In Royal Navy, has to have served a specified period at sea and satisfactorily completed certain courses of instruc-tion.
Displacement of visible horizon and observedobjects by an unusual amount. Objects that would, normally, be belowhorizon may be seen above it. Usual check is by 'Back Altitude'.
On board. In, into or inside a vessel. Close alongside.
'Aboard Main Tack'.
Order to haul main tack down to chess tree.Given when sailing close-hauled in a square-rigged ship.
French collision. The act of boarding and taking an enemyvessel.
Used, in conjunction with other word or words, with referenceto changing from one tack to the other when under sail.
To put a ship, under sail, on the opposite tack. 2. Order to crew to go to stations for tacking or wearing.A-Box. Said of yards when those on one mast are braced in a directionopposite to that of yards on next mast.
Forging that carries after end of propeller shaft in twin-screw vessel. Upper arm is secured to shell plating or to a plate insidevessel, lower arm is secured to keel or to a steel casing on keel.
Said of ships on parallel courses when abeam of each other.Objects inside a ship are abreast when they are in the same transverseline.
Said of a flag, or sail, when it is hoisted or extended.
Absence Without Leave.
Remaining away from ship without permis-sion, but not showing intention of deserting.
One who fails to return to his ship, or place of duty, but whohas not shown any intention to desert.
In magnetism, is intensity of Earth's magnetism, or of a magnet's force, expressed in dynes.
Weight of water held in a given volume of atmospheric air. Usually expressed in grammes per cubic metre.
Pressure of a fluid measured above a perfectvaccum. In practical engineering, it is taken as steam pressure plus 15lbs. Absolute pressure of condenser is taken to be
half height of barometer minus vacuum reading.
Temperature measured from an Absolute zeroat which there is an entire absence of heat. Zero is equivalent to -273- 1°C (-459-58°F). Usually measured in Centigrade units.