DICTIONARY of Mid-19th C. SEA TERMS




Adapted from 'The Seaman's Friend...' by R. H. DANA Jr

Dana was the author of ‘Two Years Before the Mast’
[My copy: Boston: Thomas Groom & Co., 1851. 6th Edition, Revised and Corrected]



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VANE A fly worn at the mast-head, made of feathers or buntine, traversing on a spindle, to show the direction of the wind. (See DOG VANE.)
VANG A rope leading from the peak of the gaff of a fore-and-aft sail to the rail on each side, and used for steadying the gaff.
VAST [written 'VAST; changed to alphabetize] See AVAST.
VEER Said of the wind when it changes. Also, to slack a cable and let it run out. (See PAY.)

To veer and haul, is to haul and slack alternately on a rope, as in warping, until the vessel or boat gets headway.

VIOL or VOYAL A larger messenger sometimes used in weighing an anchor by a capstan. Also, the block through which the messenger passes.
   
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