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In harbour: All persons should report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea.

At sea it may be used by fishing vessels to mean: my nets are caught on an obstruction.

See also: Signals.

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Paddle Vessel


Passenger Liner


Patrol Boat


Periscope

Tube used for looking from a submerged vessel to the surface.


Petty Officers

Non-commissioned officers.


Pickle-Fork

Descriptive of the hull of a three-point hydroplane in which the two sponsons extend beyond the center hull section; because of the shape.


Plane

Shorthand for hydroplane, as a verb.


Planing

Descriptive of a hull that is designed to rise farther out of the water as boat speed increases. Such a hull is typically shaped like a V, as seen in cross-section from the front or rear.


Plimsol Line

The line prescribed around a vessel to indicate maximum safe loading.


Pole Fishing Vessel


Port

When standing facing direction of vessel travel, the left hand side.

See: Larboard.


Porthole

Circular glazed 'window'.


Portside

The portside of a vessel.


Press

To forcibly recruit. The Royal Navy made up shortages of seamen by pressing experienced hands from the merchant service. Technically, they were only allowed to press Englishmen with sea experience; in practice, desperate British captains settled for any able-bodied men.


Press gang

A group of sailors, led by a commissioned or warrant officer, sent to scour port towns for seamen.


Prize money

Captured ships were sold at auction, and the money divided among the officers and crew of the victorious ships.


Prize

Captured enemy ship.


Prop

Short for propeller.


Propellor

The bladed device, powered by the engine, that rotates in the water to develop thrust.


Propeller Shaft

A rotating shaft that transmits power from the engine to the propeller.


Prototype

The model under construction.


Puffer


Purse Siener


Putt-Putt

Sketch of Putt-Putt Boat

Affectionately known as a putt-putt boat as this is the sound it makes when fired up. It consists of a thin boiler about 1/16" thick, the bottom half being formed the top half being a thin shim of brass. Two small bore tubes are brazed into the bottom half and project down and out of the back of the boat below the water line. The unit is started by first filling the tank up with water through one of the tubes. A source of heat is then placed under the boiler. As the water is heated (there is only a small quantity) it turns to steam and gets forced out through the tubes forcing the boat forwards. More water is pulled in through the tubes and again gets heated. The result is a pop-pop sound and the boat moves forward. more......


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