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I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed.

See also: Signals.

Abaft

Towards the ship's stern.


Abeam

At right angles to the ship's length.


Adhesive Terminology

A list of terms used in the description of adhesive properties and manufacture. more......


Aft

The rear of the boat.


Afterplane

The surface bottom behind the break; or the section of the main hull behind the sponsons.


Ahead

In advance of the ship's bows.


Aircraft Carrier

A large floating airstrip capable of housing many aircraft.

Air Dam

A device in the tunnel beneath the bow or the leading edge of a three-point hydroplane that creates turbulence under the boat, reducing lift.


Air Trap

A tunnel created by the inner vertical walls of the sponsons, which channels high-pressure air that's forced underneath by the boat's forward motion.


Amidships

Near the center of the ship's length.


Anchor

A weighty grappling hook used for holding a ship fast.


Angle of Attack

The angle between the sponson's planing surface and the surface of the water.


Arabian Dhow

Outline of the Arabian Dhow. more......


Ark Royal I 1934

The Ark Royal was designed in 1934 to meet Washington Treaty limits. She was the first large British aircraft carrier designed from scratch. Ark Royal was built by Cammell Laird and laid down on 16 September 1935 launched on 13 April 1937 and finally commmissioned on 16 November 1938. more......

Armour Belt

Band of protective plating.


Arun

Class of lifeboat.


Assault Ship


Astern

Behind the ship.


Auxiliary


Awash

Level with the surface of the water.


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