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An ancient term, signifying the rising of the heavenly bodies at sunset, or setting at sunrise. See Eagre or Aigre. Also, an eddying ripple on the surface of flooded waters. A tide swelling above another tide, as in the Severn. See Bore. Fresh-water thieves; those who steal on navigable rivers. The anchor hangs by its ring at the cat-head, in a position for dropping. A term sometimes used to distinguish the smaller component of a double star.

A subordinate officer in the ancient church. A commercial term, more generally called quittance which see. ACRE, or Acre-fight. An old duel fought by warriors between the frontiers of England and Scotland, with sword and lance. This duelling was also called camp-fight. A ship riding across tide, with the wind in the direction of the tide, would tend to leeward of her anchor; but with a weather tide, or that running against the wind, if the tide be strong, would tend to windward.

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A ship under sail should prefer the tack that stems the tide, with the wind across the stream , when the anchor is let go. A buckler, helmet, or other symbolical ornament on the prow of ancient ships; the origin of the modern figure-head. A peninsula; the term was particularly applied by the ancients to the sea-coast around Mount Athos. The decision of the court or judge on the verdict, or the overruling of the court on a point of law. This comprehends all sudden accidents arising from physical causes, as distinguished from human agency, such as from lightning, earthquakes, hurricanes, plagues, and epidemic contagion amongst the crew.

For none of these are ship-owners responsible.

An act of parliament for a general and free pardon to deserters from the service and others. When a commissioned officer is invalided, his vacancy is filled up pending the pleasure of the admiralty by an acting order.

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But when an officer dies on a station, where the admiralty delegates the power to the admiral commanding in chief, the vacancy is filled by an acting commission. Thus also rear-admirals now act on acting commissions as vice-admirals during command on their station, but return to their proper position on the navy list when it ceases. Synonymous with battle. Also a term in mechanics for the effort which one body exerts against another, or the effects resulting therefrom.

Duty against an enemy; operations in his presence. Or in the present day it denotes serving on full-pay, on the active list, in contradistinction to those who are virtually retired, and placed on separate lists. The virtue of acting. The sphere of activity is the surrounding space to which the efficacy of a body extends, as the attraction of the magnet.

ACTO, or Acton. A kind of defensive tunic, made of quilted leather, or other strong material, formerly worn under the outer dress, and even under a coat of mail. Long light vessels of the ancients, especially contrived for swiftness; propelled both by sails and oars; of the latter never less than twenty. The Anglo-Saxon term for the hards , or the coarse part, of flax or unplucked wool. Terminating in a point, and opposed to obtuse.

The loadstone; the magnet—the sense in which it was held by early voyagers; but others considered it a "precyowse stone," or gem. A brass tube to fit the eye-end of a telescope, into which all the eye-pieces will screw. Consent to a proposal. Union or temporary cohesion; as, two vessels forced into adhesion by the pressure of the tide on their beam.

A space in ancient ships, in the upper and broadest part, at which people entered. The adit of a military mine, is the aperture by which it is dug and charged: the name is also applied to an air-hole or drift. Lying close to another object; a word applied to the relative situations of capes or bays from the ship.


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To put off till another day. Adjournments can be made in courts-martial from day to day, Sundays excepted, until sentence is passed. The act of adjudging prizes by legal decree. Captors are compelled to submit the adjudication of their captures to a competent tribunal. To arrange an instrument for use and observation; as, to adjust a sextant, or the escapement of a chronometer. To set the frame of a ship. In marine insurance, the ascertaining and finally settling the amount of indemnity—whether of average or of salvage—which the insured after all proper deductions have been made is entitled to receive under the policy, when the ship is lost.

Swinging a ship to every point of bearing, to note the variation or error of the needle upon each rhumb, due to the local attraction of the iron, or the mass, on each separate compass bearing. Thus, in lat. The term has been applied to an assistant captain of a fleet. It is indeed the duty performed by first lieutenants. The calculation of proportions according to assumed rules, often ignorantly practised in estimating the tonnage of a ship. The derivation of this noble title from the Greek almyros , from the Latin admirabilis , from the Saxon aenmereeal , and from the French aumer , appear all fanciful.

It is extensively received that the Sicilians first adopted it from emir , the sea, of their Saracen masters; but it presents a kind of unusual etymological inversion. The term is most frequent in old Romance; but the style and title was not used by us until ; and in , William de Leybourne was designated "Amiral de la Mer du Roy d'Angleterre;" six years afterwards Viscount Narbonne was constituted Admiral of France; which dates nearly fix the commencement of the two states as maritime powers.

The admiral is the chief commander of a fleet, but of this rank there are three degrees, distinguished by a flag at the fore, main, or mizen mast, according to the title of admiral , vice-admiral , or rear-admiral. These were again subdivided according to their colour of red, white, or blue, which had to be likewise borne by the squadrons they respectively commanded. See Flag. In the colours were omitted, and the only flag now hoisted by ships of war is the white St. George's ensign, and for admirals the white St. George's cross at the main, fore, or mizen. The admiral of the fleet is the highest officer under the admiralty of Great Britain; it is rather an honorary distinction, and usually attained by seniority and service: when this officer serves afloat, he hoists the proud distinction of the Union flag at the main.

The lord high-admiral was one of the principal officers of the state, who formerly decided all cases relating to the sea: he wore a gold call and chain, similar in form to that which has descended to the boatswain and his mate. This dignity has been extinct for many years, and the duty merged into that of the lords-commissioners and admiralty court; in , it was revived for a short time in the person of His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence.


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  • The epithet of admiral was also formerly applied to any large or leading ship, without reference to flag; and is still used for the principal vessel in the cod and whale fisheries. That which arrives first in any port of Newfoundland retains this title during the season, with certain rights of beach in flakes. The master of the second ship becomes the vice-admiral, and the master of the third the rear-admiral.

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    A beautiful and rare shell of the genus Conus ; the varieties are designated the grand-admiral, the vice-admiral, the orange-admiral, and the extra-admiral. An office for the administration of naval affairs, presided over by a lord high-admiral, whether the duty be discharged by one person, or by commissioners under the royal patent, who are styled lords, and during our former wars generally consisted of seven.

    Two lords and one secretary form a legal Board of Admiralty wherever they may be assembled, under the authority of the board or its chief. The constitution of this court relatively to the legislative power of the king in council, is analogous to that of the courts of common law relatively to the parliament of the kingdom. Although termed the High Court of Admiralty, more properly this is the Court of Vice-Admiralty, and relates solely to civil and military matters of the sea, and sea boundaries, prizes, collisions, vessels or goods cast on the shore where the vice-admirals have civil jurisdiction, but no naval power, as the lord-lieutenants of counties are named in their patents "vice-admirals of the same;" in like manner all governors of colonies.

    All cases in connection are tried by the Admiralty Court in London, or by our "courts of vice-admiralty and prize jurisdictions abroad. Besides this we have the Admiralty Court of Oyer and Terminer, for the trial of all murders, piracies, or criminal acts which occur within the limits of the country, on the coast-lines, at sea, or wherever the admiralty jurisdiction extends—the deck of a British ship included.

    Formerly one who, having served the appointed time, and passed his examination for lieutenant, was appointed to a ship by the admiralty, and thus named in contradistinction to those who used to be rated by the captain; he generally had precedence for promotion to "acting orders. An anguilliform fish, about six inches long: it is of a golden colour, with a greenish tint, and has a white line from its very small gills to the tail. The bawl of privateersmen for the crew of a captured vessel to go below.

    Saxon, adoun. Dozing; the sensation so often combatted with towards the end of a first or a middle watch, it being the state, as an old author has it, "between sleeping and waking. Floating at random; the state of a boat or vessel broken from her moorings, and driven to and fro without control by the winds and waves. Cast loose; cut adrift. One on the look-out. The register by which two months' wages to the crew are paid, on first commission, and a quarter's to officers.

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