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Centremost, and generally highest, mast.
Prefix referring a component of the mainmast... maintop, main-chains, main back-stay, etc.
The central support for the sail or lifting gear
Commissioned officer charged with physically sailing the ship.
The basic form of the master form bow:
See also: Bow.
Warrant officers assisting the master.
Vertical spars that carry the yards. From the bow, they are the Foremast, Mainmast, and Mizzenmast. Each was composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a t'gallant mast.
Men grouped for feeding purposes. The "Officer's Mess" was the wardroom. Groups of eight or so seamen were grouped as a "mess", and one designated the "mess cook". At mealtimes, the mess cook would fetch the food for his mess.
The lowest rank of officer aboard ship. Service as midshipman for a number of years was required before applying for a commission.
Prefix referring a component of the mizzen-mast... mizzen-chains, mizzen backstay, etc.
Aftmost mast, often the smallest of the three. (Third mast from the bow.)