Sailor Speak of the Week – List


Noun and verb

  • A vessel’s tipping or leaning due to wind, improper trim, or the shifting of cargo.


13th century. From the Anglo-Saxon word, lystan, meaning to lean.


A list isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but obviously too much can lead to problems. A significant list can overcome the stability of a vessel and cause it to capsize. Some vessels are designed so water can be pumped to tanks on the opposite side of the ship to counteract a list.


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

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