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Nautical Terms

  

MMM   MIKE   MMM

MAGNETIC BEARING The direction of a point figuring no deviation 
MAGNETIC COURSE  The boats heading based on the magnetic compass
MAIN MAST  The forward mast of a yawl or ketch or  the tallest mast on a schooner 
MARLINE Two-stranded twine of tarred hemp
MARLIN SPIKE  A pointed steel tool for opening line strands for splicing or to loosen an over-tight knot
MARLINSPIKE SAILOR  One who is adept at splicing, knotting, and working with line and canvas 
MAST BOOT OR COAT A canvas or rubber sleeve or boot around the mast at the deck to keep out water
MAST HEAD The top of the mast
MAST STEP  The structure on which the mast rests
MAYDAY The internationally recognized voice radio signal for ships and people in serious trouble at sea.  Made official in 1948, it is an anglicizing of the French m'aidez, "help me".
MILE A nautical sea mile is 6080 feet  
MIZZEN The sail of a ketch, yawl, or three masted schooner on the aft mast
MOORING  Heavy cement blocks on the bottom or anchors with chain, mooring lines and usually a buoy placed permanently in position
MORSE CODE The radio language of  "dits" (•) and "dahs" (-) used with a key  
A       • -                    I       • •                   R       • - • 
B       - • • •               J       • - - -               S       • • • 
C       - • - •               K       - • -                 T       - 
D       - • •                 L       • - • •               U       • • - 
E       •                     M       - -                    V       • • • - 
F       • • - •               N       - •                   W       • - -  
G       - - •                 O       - - -                 X       - • • - 
H       • • • •              P       • - - •                Y       - • - -  
                               Q       - - • -                Z       - - • •
 
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