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Able seaman.

The situation of the sails when the wind presses their surfaces against the mast, and tends to force the vessel astern.

A relative term used to describe the location of one object in relation to another, in which the object described is farther aft than the other. Thus, the mainmast is abaft the foremast (in back of).

A point beyond the midpoint of a ships length, towards the rear or stern.

Toward the rear (stern) of the boat. Behind.

Said of the bearing of an object which bears between the beam and the stern (further back than the ship's middle).

Any direction between the beam and the stern, more behind a vessel than in front of it. Behind a perpendicular line extending out from the middle of the boat

A proceeding wherein a shipper/consignee seeks authority to abandon all or parts of their cargo.

Get away from the ship, as in an emergency.

A discount allowed for damage or overcharge in the payment of a bill.

1. On a line at right angles to a ship/s length.2. At right angles to the keel of the boat, but not on the boat.

The bearing of an object 90 degrees from ahead (in a line with the middle of the ship).


U.S. Customs' "Automated Broker Interface," by which brokers file importers' entries electronically.

The next grade above the beginning grade of ordinary seaman in the deck crew.

A member of the deck crew who is able to perform all the duties of an experienced seamen; certificated by examination; must have three years sea service. Also called Able Seamen and A.B.

Stand watch, during which they steer the vessel, stand lookout, assist the mate on watch and make rounds of the ship to insure that all is in order. They also tie up and untie the vessel to and from the dock and maintain the equipment on deck.

On or within the ship

Referring to cargo being put, or laden, onto a means of conveyance.

In the vessel (on the ship).

On the other tack.