Monday, 6 February 2012

Boaters Alphabet (N)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is N for Nautical mile - A distance of 6,076 feet or 1,852 meters, which is about fifteen percent longer than a statute mile. Equivalent to one minute of latitude on a navigation chart.

N is also for No. We are all familiar with the expression "No Room To Swing a Cat." During the whipping punishment using the "cat o' nine tails," all hands were called on deck to witness. With a full crew, the deck could be so crowded that the cat o' nine tails was difficult to use without hitting other crew members. In other words, there was "no room to swing a cat."

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is for Navigation the name of the canals of Britain and Ireland. The Navigators who created the canals went on to construct the railways which placed the canals under the constant threat of competition.

is for Nautical and all things having to do with boats, ships, or sailing. Its a hard life sailing around the canals, someone has it to do, today its my turn.

Navigation - The art and science of conducting a boat safely from one point to another.
Navigator - The person on board responsible for the navigation of the ship.
Navigation Lights - Lights on a boat help others determine its course, position and what it is doing.
Navigable Water - Water of sufficient depth to allow a boat to travel through it.
Neap Tide - The tide with the least variation in water level.
Narrows - Small waterway passages.
National Flag - The flag carried by a ship to show her nationality.
Neptune - The Roman god of the sea.


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