Fair Winds & Following Seas
Moving With the Tides of History
Sailor Speak of the Week – Ephemeris
Definition Noun Origin From Greek and then Latin. 17th century. Same word and meaning. Comments The first celestial studies were believed to have been done in ancient Greece. Data on celestial bodies were tabulated and their movement was predicted on the equinoctial system against a standard time (usually Greenwich Mean Time). References Kemp, P. (1994).…
Sailor Speak of the Week – Deadwater
Definition Noun Origin 15th century. Comments This is effectively an area of negative turbulence or an eddy formed by the ship’s run aft as it passes through the water. One reason for the term is that the water passes away more slowly than the water along the sides. References Kemp, P. (1994). The Oxford Companion…
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