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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packet
a fast, armed vessel, small in size, often used for despatches and mail. Also used to describe small mail and passenger ships, usual on the way home
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
pan head rivet
a rivet with a truncated conical head (roughly saucepan shaped)
Source: MDA: Waterways Object Name Thesaurus
panting beam
a beam specifically placed to lessen the inward and outward vibration of the frames. They are normally fitted every 2nd frame, from the sterm to the collision bulkhead. The tiers of beams are fitted 6ft apart. There is a similar arrangement in the after peak
parrel
a rope, chain or iron collar which attaches the yard to the mast but which allows vertical movement
partners
timber framework strengthening the deck where is is pierced by mast, capstan, pump or bowsprit
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
patrol boat
small warship engaged in patrolling coastal waters. Many harbour Authorities use patrol boats to keep fairways clear of small craft getting in the way of large vessels, and also to report on the functioning of buoys.
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
pawl post
a stout vertical post with the pawl for the windlass attached to it
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
paying
a hard-setting stopping put over a seam to retain caulking
peak halyard
a means of hoisting the outer end of a gaffs with a series of blocks
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
pillar
a vertical support for a deck beam or thwart
pilot vessel
vessel used to carry a pilot to a ship
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
pin rail
a row of belaying pins fixed to a rail along the side of the deck to which the many riggimng ropes are secured
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
pinnace
small two masted craft, with oars as well as sails
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
pintle
a metal hook fastened onto the rudder which fits into a gudgeon
plank
a single piece of planking, or a component of a strake
planking
the wooden outer lining or shell of a vessel
plate
iron or steel rolled to an equal thickness
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
pole mast
a single piece mast
pontoon
flat bottomed boat or hollow float of which a number are used to support a temporary bridge over a river
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
pontoon bridge
a temporary bridge over a river supportd by a number of flat bottomed boats or hollow floats
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
pontoon pier
a temporary pier supportd by a number of flat bottomed boats or hollow floats
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
poop
the raised after deck on a vessel
Source: Maritime Curators Group: Manual of Curatorship
port
that side of a vessel which is on the left hand side when one is facing the bow
port hole
circular window in a vessel's side or deck housing
Source: Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail
prison hulk
demasted old ship used as a floating prison
Source: National Monuments Record: Maritime Craft Type Thesaurus
purchase
usuallly an arrangement of a rope and a single block, but it may have two blocks (see TACKLE)

thole pin:

a single pin or one of a pair rising vertically from the sheer and acting in a variety of ways to provide a fulcrum for the oar