Glossary

Using reference material, this glossary has been designed to provide you with a basic explanation or definition of each of the terms provided.  This glossary will be constantly updated so please contact us, if you would like us to comment of any of the terminology used.

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gaff
a spar used for extending the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail, the leading edge of which slides up the mast
gaff sail
a four sided fore-and-aft sail extended by a gaff. The lower edge may have a boom to extend it or be loose footed. The top aftermost corner is the PEAK, the top foremost corner is the THROAT
gaff topsail
a three sided sail hoisted abouve a gaff-rigged sail
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
gangboard
the centre plank of the decked ends of a small open vessel
gin block
a single sheave open framed pulley block used for cargo lifting
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
girder
a section made up of iron or steel plates and angle bars usually employed longitudinally under the sides of a deck or along the centre line
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
gooseneck
a fitting connecting the boom to the mast which has multi-directional movement
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
grab dredger
a dredger which picks up seabed material with a clam shell grab, which hangs from an onboard crane or a crane ship, or is carried by a hydraulic arm, or is mounted like on a dragline
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
grapnel
a shaft fitted with four or more prongs or hooks which serves the same purpose as an anchor
grating
a slatted timber framework used to cover hatches or as bottom boards
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
grounds
timbers which support and onto which the shutts planking is fastened on a narrow boat
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
guard iron
usually metal strips, convex in D section, fastened to the sides and ends of a vessel to provide protection from impact and abrasion
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
gudgeon
a metal brace with an eye fastened to the stern post or transom through which the pintle fits
gun tackle
a block and tackle purchase used horizontally
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
gunboat
small warship built to operate close to the shore or in river estuaries. Used for shore bombardment and patrol duties
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
gunport
flaps in the side of a ship, often hinged at the top, which are opened when the guns are to be fired
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
gunwale
a horizontal plank or combination of planks covering the heads of frames or ribs and the upper edge of the top strake
gusset
a metal plate, usually triangular, used to join two structural members to each other at right angles
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
gutter way
channel formed between the gunwale and and the gutter angle plate on the upper deck
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail

parrel:

a rope, chain or iron collar which attaches the yard to the mast but which allows vertical movement