NAUTICAL DICTIONARIES AND SEA TERMS. Page one.



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  • The Sailor's Word Book
  • Reeds Maritime Flag Handbook
  • Gangway! - sea language comes ashore
  • The Little Blue Book of Sailing Wisdom
  • Adlard Coles Nautical Quiz Book
  • Adlard Coles Nautical Puzzle Book
  • Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch
  • The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages
  • The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge
  • Ode to the Sea
  • Boat Words
  • The Little Book of the Sea - Food and Drink
  • Why Sailors can't Swim
  • Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat
  • Yachtsman's Ten Language Dictionary
  • Don't Shoot the Albatross
  • Salty Dog Talk
  • Skylarks and Scuttlebutts
  • A Dictionary of Sea Quotations
  • Nautical Curiosities
  • Can Squid Fly?

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    THE SAILOR'S WORD BOOK the Classic source for over 14,000 Nautical and Naval Terms.
    ByAdmiral W H Smyth. Paperback, 0.99kg, 142mm x 230mm, 744 pages, This Edition Published 2005.

    First published in 1867, the Sailor's Word-Book is an incomparable alphabetical digest of nautical terms - some 14,000 in all. It defines a huge range of common and rare words, some of which, though now antiquated or obsolete, nevertheless appear regularly in contemporary works, because it remains one of the principal sources for many of the foremost writers of maritime non-fiction and fiction of our times. As well as de facto terms dealing with every aspect of ships and the sea - encompassing warships, merchant vessels, small craft, seamanship, navigation, meteorology, naval architecture, ship construction and fittings - the author also included 'galley slang', relevant natural history terms and even birds and fishes that were considered good eating. Not least of the pleasures of this book is the author's characteristic manner, which is as pithy and direct as the idiom itself. Much more than a period piece, this new edition is an invaluable tool for maritime historians, model-makers, sailors and indeed anyone with an interest in the maritime world.

    NZ$38.00 + delivery.

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    REEDS MARITIME FLAG HANDBOOK
    ByMirana Delmar-Morgan. Paperback, 0.16kg, 102mm x 160mm, 154 pages, full colour illustrations. 2nd ed. Published 20152.
    This handy pocket-size guide is the perfect on-board reference for the maritime flags of the world and their usage
  • What flag goes where and when
  • Types of flags
  • Signals Flags
  • Special ensigns
  • Yacht club burgess
  • International maritime flags
  • Legal requirements
    Anyone who has ever put to sea wondering about the different types of flags flown, how they are made up, and the dos and don’ts as well as the traditions and myths of flying flags should find this a fascinating and useful handbook.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    GANGWAY - Sea Language Comes Ashore
    ByJoanna Carver Colcord. Paperback, 0.20kg, 136mm x 226mm, 168 pages, black & wite drawings. Published 2012.
    Landlubbers use a remarkable number of terms and expressions that originated at sea, from “casting about” and “learning the ropes” to “parting company”, “spinning a yarn”, and “going by the board”. This readable dictionary of seagoing vernacular offers concise explanations for the maritime meanings behind “catspaw”, “kick the bucket”, “kittle o’fish”, “palaver”, “three sheets in the wind”, and other curious lingo.
    This informative reference is a great gift for any sailor or lover of language.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK OF SAILING WISDOM Edited byEd Stephen Brennan. Hardback, 0.50kg, 135mm x 185mm, 214 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2014.

    The Little Blue Book of Sailing Wisdom contains some of the most moving, perceptive, witty, and inspirational words ever spoken or written about the seafaring life. Novelists, politicians, exploreres, playwrights, musicians and celebrities weigh in on life upon the water, under sail. Included are quotes from:

  • Winston Churchill
  • Jack London
  • William Shakespeare
  • John F Kennedy
  • Mark Twain
  • Ted Turner and many others...

    Our personal favourites? ....

    Marianne - "Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit"

    Janet - "A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree"

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    ADLARD COLES NAUTICAL QUIZ BOOK Adlard coles Publishing. paperback, 0.06kg, 153mm x 102mm, 127 pages. Published 2014.

    6 nautically-themed categories, covering 1000 questions. Categories include Geography, Famous People, History, Culture, Science and Trivia. Perfect for keeping on board and keeping the watch awake, or rainy days, or for a Christmas Stocking stuffer...

  • In which ocean is the Bermuda Triangle?
  • Name the first vessel to reach the North pole in 1958?
  • What is the Saffir-Simpson Scale?
  • What is a turks head?

    ..and another 996 questions...

    NZ$17.00 + delivery.

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    ADLARD COLES NAUTICAL PUZZLE BOOK Adlard coles Publishing. paperback, 0.06kg, 153mm x 102mm, 127 pages, black & white puzzles, crosswords etc. Published 2014.

    150 nautically-themed brain-teasers and puzzles. Includes crosswords, word ladders, anagrams, code breakers, word puzzles, riddles, logic puzzles and wordsearches. Test your knowledge, your self and your friends.

    NZ$17.00 + delivery.

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    JACK TAR AND THE BABOON WATCH; A Guide to Curious Nautical Knowledge for Landlubbers and Sea Lawyers Alike.

    by Captain Frank Lanier. Paperback , 0.28kg, 162mm x 230mm, 194 pages, Black & white illustrations. Published 2014.
    Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is a collection of unusual, nautical-based phrases and trivia tidbits for 'Jack Tars' (sailors) and 'Landlubbers' (unexperienced sailors) alike. These colourful terms and entertaining phrases (in plain language) have been collected and compiled over two decades by Frank Lanier whilst serving in the U.S. Coastguard, and from the various ships he served on and the different postings..

    Some are familiar, some, perhaps a little bizarre....

    Dogs Vomit is a moist hash of hardtack biscuits and meat cooked together, Kissed by Mother Carey are those whose destiny is forever tied to the sea...Suck the Monkey is the clandestine siphoning of spirits from one of the ship's casks via a straw, or other such tube... More than a nautical trivia book, this fascinating collection is more of a 'Ripley's believe it or Not', kind of book. Written for the reader who wants to know more, or the rest of the story..to know how the Amazon River got its name, to know why ...'to fudge something' is named after Captain Fudge, and what about those Roaring Forties and their 360 degrees, 12,000 mile winds..?

    The perfect book for know-alls, wanna be know-alls, or Nautical Trivial Pursuit or Quiz games. Probably not as interactive as Painting the Lion , (???) but just as much fun!

    Test yourself, or your mates... No more 'fudging' it!

    NZ$29.00 + delivery.

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    THE ILLUSTRATED BOAT DICTIONARY IN 9 LANGUAGES by Vanessa Bird. Paperback, 0.45kg, 190mm x 245mm, 160 pages.
    The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages is an invaluable reference for boating excursions abroad. Helpful explanatory illustrations, arranged by topic, will enable you to communicate quickly and easily abroad when you need help but can't speak the language. Centered around clear annotated diagrams on a wealth of subjects, this invaluable visual reference makes it easy to explain what you need (or what has broken!) in nine different languages

    Let's imagine you are stuck in Rotterdam and you need some bolt cutters (betonschaars) or perhaps you have an urge for a grease gun in Copenhagen (schmierpresse), or maybe you need to be making headway (Arrancada avante) in Spain..and hey, who doesn't want to know where anchoring is prohibited in Porto (Probido Fundear!) or what the the formalities are like in Denmark (Formalitaten) This book has words and illustrations for the nine most used languages, including.. English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Portugese and Greek.

    Topics covered:

  • Parts of a boat (Sail and Power)
  • Manoeuvring, berthing, anchoring.
  • Tides, Navigation and Weather
  • Parts of an Engine, including outboards.
  • Water, gas, electrical and steering systems
  • Tools, plus maintenance and repair terms
  • Safety equipment and parts of the body

    Amazingly comprehensive, and specially geared to yachtsmen and motorboaters, this is a must-have reference for anyone cruising in foreigh waters.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    THE PRACTICAL MARINER'S BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE - 460 sea-tested rules of thumb for almost every boating situation.

    by John Vigor. paperback, 0.28kg, 120mm x 204mm, 274 pages. Second expanded edition published 2013.
    The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge is either the most useful boating book ever designed to entertain or the most entertaining book ever designed to be useful. In its alphabetical organization that juxtaposes wildly disparate entries, you can read about the derivation of figureheads where you turned to for recommended thicknessess of fibreglass hulls. In between the whimsy, however, is the essence of centuries of seafaring experience distilled into a concise reference for sailors and powerboaters. There may be no substitute for a lifetime of experience, but this book is the next best thing. It should be kept at the navigation station and on every boat.

    Inside you will find information that is otherwise scattered through dozens of volumes. If you can't find what you want quickly from the table of contents, there's an exhaustive subject index. If you need more precise data than a rule of thumb can provide, you may well find it among the 6 appendix tables, which are also indexed. You'll find rules of thumb for:

  • Changing a boat's name
  • Towing the safest way
  • Burial at sea
  • Preventing wood rot
  • Hull thicknesses
  • Anchoring rights
  • Jib size
  • Curing mast vibration
  • Time taken for boat tasks
  • Survival rations
    and a lot more: open it up and get lost in the sage advice and witty wisdom that will make you long for the sea.

    NZ$37.00 + delivery.

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    ODE TO THE SEA - Poems to Celebrate Britain's Maritime Heritage

    Edited by Howard Watson. Hardback, 0.53kg, 145mm x 199mm, 192 pages, full colour and black & white illustrations. Published 2011.
    A fascinating anthology of poetry celebrating Britain's majestic coastline.
    features much loved poets such as Andrew Marvell, Lewis Carroll and John Betjeman
    Illustrated throughout with beautiful images of creatures of the deep and nostalgic days at sea.
    A wonderful collection of verse celebrating Britain's rich maritime history and life above and below the waves. Sea shanties and siren songs sit alongside such classics as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The Walrus and the Carpenter and verses from The Tempest. Beautifully illustrated with scenes of haunted shipwrecks, tempestuous storms and idyllic days at sea, this collection includes poems form our best-loved writers, such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, Herman Melville and Rudyard Kipling.

    NZ$35.00 + delivery.

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    THE ADLARD COLES BOOK OF BOAT WORDS.

    By Denny Desoutter. Paperback, 0.32kg, 138mm x 216mm, 254 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Compiled by Denny Desoutter, the much-loved former editor of Practical Boat Owner magazine, this handy dictionary explains more than 1,500 nautical terms in an accessible and down to earth manner. Covering all areas of boating, it uses practical examples to bring the meanings alive, and helpful illustrations to explain technical points.
    In this completed updated eidtion, new words and acronyms created by advances in technology are included as well as the more arcane historical terms: GMDSS and AIS are here, alongside fathoms and drabblers. Practical and clear, yet written with a sense of fun, this book is more than just a dictionary - it is a handy reference you'll enjoy dipping into time and again.

    NZ$33.00 + delivery.

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    THE LITTLE BOOK OF THE SEA - FOOD AND DRINK.

    By Lorenz Schroter. Hardback, 118mm x 184mm, 196 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Have you ever wondered how many servings of fish and chips are sold in the UK per year? Or why women, on average, catch bigger fish than men? Or what the last meal served on board the Titanic was?
    If so, enjoy this endlessly diverting volume, which gathers together facts, figures, lore and trivia about all things edible from the sea. From recipes gathered from around the world, to instructions for eating pufferfish (the world's deadliest delicacy), to the official explanation of how Popeye the Sailor discovered the strength-enhancing qualities of spinach, this book contains a smorgasbord of useful, useless, and altogether intriguing information.
    So tie a bib and pull up a chair - we're serving up a feast of delicious details about the ocean's greatest bounty: seafood!

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    WHY SAILORS CAN'T SWIM.
    By Nic Compton. Hardback, 0.23 kgs, 155mm x 205mm, 96 pages. Published 2013.
    The origins of a myriad of nautical expressions that have crept into everyday use. Fascinating maritime folklore, endless trivia, and insightful titbits.
    Why do sailors wear earrings? Most popular boat names? The year no one died at sea in Iceland? Which country has the longest coastline?. All these questions can be answered in a flash...impress your friends and start some arguments! The perfect little gift book for those who (think) they know everything.....Do you really know how to tell the age of a fish? And what is the most popular sailboat design? Thoughfully the publishers have included the recipe for traditional pirate punch to fuel any discussions!

    NZ$28.00 + delivery.

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    NOT ENOUGH ROOM TO SWING A CAT.

    By Martin Robson. Hardback, 126mm x 185mm, 176 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey'
    'flogging a dead horse'
    'money for old rope'
    'three sheets to the wind'
    What do these common phrases actually mean, and where do they come from?
    For any maritime nation the traditions and quirks of its navy have long intrigued and influenced society. Sailors would come ashore conversing in a unique language, which spilled out of the taverns and slowly seeped into everyday speech.
    Concentrating on the British and Commonwealth and United States Navies, this book explores naval slang thematically, covering such areas as ship handling, discipline, and food and drink. Ranging between phrases that clearly have a nautical theme, such as 'splice the main brace' and 'sun over the yard arm' to quirky terms such as 'scuttlebutt' and mundane words such as'skyscraper', it gives an 'A1' account of their astounding origins and provides numerous examples of how they are used in the popular media, while also devoting a chapter to 'poking Charlie', a guide to insulting someone with a sailor's filthiest slang!
    Complete with original black line drawings, this detailed and highly entertaining exploration of naval slang will appeal not only to old-time 'mateloys' (fellow sailors), but to all those interested in how the English language has developed.

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    YACHTSMAN'S TEN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY.

    By Barbara Webb & Cruising Association. Paperback, 210mm x 148mm, 240 pages.
    Go abroad with the local lingo on hand, with the third edition of this multilingual dictionary. Specifically geared to yachtsmen, it covers cruising terms in English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Greek.
    Thoroughly updated to cater for all the subjects today's yachtsman might need, this unique reference includes words for several thousand onboard items as well as covering the latest developments in electronic and mechanical equipment. Arranged in helpful subject categories for easy use, it will be a godsend to any boatowner venturing abroad, and in particular charter and flotilla sailors.

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    DON'T SHOOT THE ALBATROSS.
    By Jonathan Eyers. Paperback, 0.1kg, 128mm x 197mm, 96 pages, black and white illustrations. Published 2011.
    Sailors are a notoriously superstitious lot - even if some won't admit it.
    From bad omens and odd rituals to lucky tokens and forbidden words, the superstitions of the sea are legion. Many have refused to go away, and over the centuries quite a few have entered the general public consiousness. Some are amusing in their own right, others have fascinating origins, whilst for many there are bizarre anecdotal incidents which would appear to lend credence to these strange beliefs.
    Illustrated with comical cartoons, this quirky collection of nautical myths and superstitions explores the folklore of the sea, and will inform and entertain seafarer and landlubbers alike.

    NZ$20.00 + delivery.

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    SALTY DOG TALK.
    By Bill Beavis & Richard McCloskey. Pbk, 125mm x 198mm, 96 pages. Reissue 2014
    Have you ever realised just how many of the words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin?
    If you'v ever felt you've been sold down the river or put through the hoop, or that somebody is spic and span or footloose when they're at close quarters, or that anything less than the Real McCoy makes you want to chance your arm, then your language is already steeped in the salty tradition. This charming pocket book explains the seafaring origins of over 200 such phrases - colourful, bizarre and surprising - and how they came ashore. They are arranged alphabetically for easy reference, and with Bill Beavis' lively cartoons there is never a dull moment.

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    SKYLARKS AND SCUTTLEBUTTS.
    By Lorenz Schroter. Hardback, 120mm x 180mm, 233 pages.
    Have you ever wondered why the sea is blue? Or what the best remedy for seasickness is? Or perhaps you have pondered how to tell where one ocean ends and another begins?
    If so, this book - the ultimate collection of facts, figures, lore and trivia about the sea - is for you.
    In it you will discover why the US navy's very first ship was called Alfred and how many metres of rock are above your head as you travel through the Channel Tunnel. You'll find out which fish are monogamous, which are hermaphrodite, and what astonishing world record is held by squid.
    You'll encounter a vast array of bizarre marine life, an extraordinary gallery of seafarers, submarines and adventures from throughout history, and no fewer than thirty words for snow. And there's even a recipe for cream of sea urchin.
    So batten down the hatches and enjoy the ultimate book of the sea. Don't leave dry land without one...
    This book is identical to The Little Book of the Sea which is no longer available.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    A DICTIONARY OF SEA QUOTATIONS.
    By Edward Duyker. Hardback, 180mm x 250mm, 439 pages, black and white illustrations.
    This unique collection surveys nearly four millennia of literature, including novels, poems, songs and religious texts, to show the extraordinary diversity of the human experience of the sea, the passions that it awakens and the hold it has on our imagination.
    Historian Edward Duyker draws upon the annals of sea exploration, the carnage of naval war and excerpts from the memoirs of admirals, yachtsmen, castaways, naturalists, pirates, privateers, U-boat commanders, surfers and statesmen. This is a book for browsing to be enjoyed by all who love the sea.

    NZ$102.00 + Delivery.

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    NAUTICAL CURIOSITIES.
    By Terry Breverton. Hardback, 0.67kg, 140mm x 206mm, 384 pages, colour contents and illustrations.
    What is the origin of the distress call 'Mayday'? How did the cod change the world? Where was history's most devastating wave? How did the War of Jenkin's Ear start? Who was the bloodiest pirate ever to have sailed? Where would you find the poop deck?
    From famous naval battles to the parts of an anchor, from maritime slang and saying to the heroes and villains of the high seas, and from the amazing creatures of the deep to how the oceans affect our weather, this remarkable compendium will entertain, inform and enthral anyone who has ever felt the call of the sea.

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    CAN SQUID FLY?
    By Tony Rice. Paperpack, 0.35kg, 157mm x 233mm, 153 pages, black and white photos. Published 2011.
    Can Squid Fly reveals over 70 engrossing explanations for a mix of questions and ponderings about the sea, the bounty of life within it and the forces surrounding it.
  • What makes a crab a crab?
  • Do all whales live in the sea?
  • Do sea wasps sting?
  • What is Hoki?
  • Could the story of Jonah and the whale be true? Sequel to the popular Do Whales Get the Bends? this new collection of entertaining bite-sized accounts is brought to life with the author's own drawings and captivating photographs. For anyone with an interest in the sea, this is a feast and figures to satisfy the curious mind - a delightful bunkside or armchair read!

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