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ABACK to ADMIRAL of the fleet
ABACK
ABAFT
ABOARD
To fall ABOARD
ABOUT
ABOUT-SHIP!
ABREAST
ACORN
ADMIRAL
ADMIRAL of the fleet

Vice-ADMIRAL to AFTER-SAILS

AGENT-VICTUALLER to ALL'S WELL

ALL bands high to ANCHOR

To drag the ANCHORS to To fish the ANCHOR

To sheer the ship to her ANCHOR to Top-ARMOUR

ASHORE to AUGER

AWEIGH to AZIMUTH COMPASS


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ACORN

ACORN (pomme de girülette, Fr.) a little ornamental piece of wood, fashioned like a cone, and fixed on the uppermost point of the spindle, above the vane, on the mast-head. It is used to keep the vane from being blown off from the spindle in a whirlwind, or when the ship leans much to one side under sail.

See plate I. Fig. 1. where a represents the acorn, b the vane and stock, c the spindle, and d the mast-head.

Plate 1

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