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Beat to quarters

Beat to quarters – Prepare for battle (beat = beat the drum to signal the need for battle preparation)

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Beacon

Beacon – A lighted or unlighted fixed aid to navigation attached directly to the earth’s surface. (Lights and daybeacons both constitute beacons.)

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Aye aye

Aye aye – Reply to an order or command to indicate that it was heard, understood, and will be carried out. (“Aye, aye, sir” to officers).

 

The proper reply from a hailed boat, to indicate that an officer is on board.

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Taking the wind out of his sails

Taking the wind out of his sails – To sail in a way that steals the wind from another boat.

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Head sea

Head sea – A sea where waves are directly opposing the motion of the ship.

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