So none of you pongos will be confused by Navy terminology when visiting I have done a list Hope this helps. Aboard - A piece of lumber that may be used to repair your ship. Or something you may be asked to sleep on if you have no hammock. Aft - Acronym for A Fcuking Twat. This is usually your Head of Dept. Adrift - A method of moving across the water when nothing on your ship works. You normally do not have a lot of input as to where you are actually going, but you will get there eventually, also refers to being late for anything. Anchor - A mechanical device that is supposed to keep the boat in one place (see dragging). These devices are sometimes used to submerge expensive anchor lines and/or chain when used without proper termination at the inboard end. Astern - A type of look. Your Skipper will give you a stern look if you are ever adrift, along with 7 days nines. Bilge - This is a storage area in the bottom of the ship for all the things you drop and can not find. Also a mixing area for water, fuel and slime; making retrieval of said dropped items a real adventure. Bilge pump â A device designed to remove said crap from bilges. These devices only operate properly when you are trying to sleep or the ship is not taking in water. Bow â This is what you do in front of your head of dept. when asking for advice or favor. It is imperative that you learn how to do this quickly. Bridge - Something you cross to get to the other side of a body of water when you donât have a boat available. Can also used for removing masts of sailing ships if the bridge is low enough. Buoy â A navigational aid indicating there is something worth noting somewhere close to the location of the buoy, possibly to one side or the other or below it. Capsize - They ask you this when you go to buy a cap. Chart - The nautical equivalent of a road map. One must use charts instead of road maps because road maps usually only show roads and there are usually none of those in the sea. Cleat â A template used to practice knot tying that allows knots to easily slip off. Compass â A navigational aid that accurately points to the largest metal object on your ship Crew - This term refers to the people working with you on your ship. They usually end up as lifelong friends or acquaintances and nowdays you should never want for anything as all navy ships carry wrens who you can sleep with. Deck - This is what your wife will do to you after discovering that you have been sleeping with the wrens. Dock - A medical professional, not sure why the term shows up in a nautical dictionary. Dragging - A method of moving about when the anchor is deployed (see anchor). GPS - An electronic device that allows you to carry out navigational errors more accurately. Gunwale - (pronounced "gunnel") The part of a vessel near the side used for supporting one's midsection while one is engaged in the practice of heaving. Hatch - A device similar in nature to a mousetrap, in that it will drop down on your head, leg or hand without warning. Also an opening for admitting water into the ship. Head1 - It is the part of your body that sits on top of your neck; you should not be joining a ship unless you already know this. You wiil need it to wear your cap. Heave - A shipboard method for eliminating breakfast when seas become rough. This is best done in proximity of a gunwale. Hull â The biggest part of the ship, specially designed to keep water out. Keel - A stopping device for your boat. It works by contacting the bottom of the water body you are in, thus inhibiting forward motion. ( for more info see Jenny_Dabber) Keys - These items are used for opening locks and lockers aboard your boat, firing the missiles and things of that nature. Keys can usually be found in the bilges. Also a good run ashore in Florida. Lee - A famous Civil War general. Also meaning away from the wind. Also a helicopter base near Pompey. Line â What you feed your Skipper when you are adrift. Mess â A term indicative of food, more indicative of the way shipboard galleys usually look. Overboard - A term describing the final resting-place for anything expensive, dropped while on board a ship. PFD - Acronym for Personal Floatation Device. This is a multifunction device normally used as a cushion, packing material or sponge. The Navy requires one for each person on board to ensure they have something soft to sit on in case standard seating is limited. Port â This is what you sometimes drink when you are on the ship. Also the left side of the boat, also a place where ships congregate. Propeller - A metal thing that looks like a fan and is attached to your main engines. Propellers typically do not have the same number of blades they came with. The propeller is a dual-purpose item. It both propels your ship through the water and also catches stray dock and rigging lines before you can go anywhere. Rudder - This is the device that steers your ship. The rudder is usually the first part of your boat to come off when you hit a rock. Rock - These are devices used to remove rudders from ships. Also what your boat does just after you fill all your glasses to the brim with port. Liberty boat â A boat used to convey Jolly Jack ashore so he can take liberties. Stern - The flat, back end, included so you have a place to paint the name of your ship. And put the white ensign. This does not apply to Isle of Wight ferrys and similar ships because they have points on both ends and you don't want to risk sounding incompetent when trying to determine which is which. Topsides â The part of the ship that is not in the water. Also what you should not be caught looking at if you are a married male. Patrol â Any boat journey long enough to require at least two separate uses of the Head, not counting the one that occurs within 10 minutes of leaving the dock. Wake - This event is part of a funeral and often confused with boating. Also what sailors participate in (their own) when they do not practice safe sex. Wave â A unique feature of water that enables it to gain entry into your ship. Also a gesture carried out with two fingers when you go on leave. â¦â¦â¦â¦ There, now when you visit the senior service site you will understand all.