Sailor Speak of the Week – Gear



  • Any kind of ship’s/sailor’s equipment.


15th century. From Middle English word, gere, and then the Icelandic, gervi, both of the same meaning.


A fairly common term nowadays, but it generally refers to any kind of equipment aboard a ship or belonging to a sailor. It can be large or small, simple or sophisticated.


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.

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