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A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

By Dean King

From ablation to Zelenka—a accomplished advisor to seafaring in the course of the Napoleonic age

What is a sand-grouse, and the place does it dwell? What are the scientific houses of lignum vitae, and the way did Stephen Maturin use it to fix his viola? who's Admiral Lord Keith, and why is his spouse so pleasant with Captain Jack Aubrey?
More than the other modern writer, Patrick O’Brian knew the previous. His twenty Aubrey–Maturin novels, starting with 1969’s Master and Commander, are unusual by means of deep characterization, heart-stopping naval wrestle, and an consciousness to aspect that enriches and enlivens his tales. during this revised variation of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey’s global. as well as their worthy word list, the authors offer essays at the age’s politics, naval drugs, and the numerous ships that Jack Aubrey sailed, sighted, and fought opposed to. For either the curious fan and the O’Brian aficionado, A Sea of Words is a useful tome at the British Royal Navy.

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One of many 4 leader fluids of the body—blood, phlegm, choler, and depression or black choler—whose relative proportions, it used to be believed, made up our minds a person’s actual and psychological characteristics and disposition. For extra at the humours, see “The affliction Burden of the Royal Navy,” web page 37. hundredweight A unit of weight equivalent, in Britain, to 112 kilos, yet initially and within the usa, equivalent to a hundred kilos and so the identify. Abbreviated as CWT. Hunter, John (1728-1793) recognized instructor of surgical procedure and anatomy in London, considered as the founding father of experimental pathology and a pioneer in body structure.

Rolling-tackle a purchase order organize among the YARDARM and the MAST to regular a backyard in heavy climate and to alleviate pressure. roly-poly pudding A pudding made up of a sheet of pastry lined with jam or preserves, rolled, and boiled or steamed. Roman fish A reddish-skinned marine fish, Chrysoblephus laticeps, discovered mainly in tropical and subtropical waters. Romanist A member of the Church of Rome, a Roman Catholic. Romish Belonging, pertaining, or adhering to Rome with reference to faith. Roman Catholic (usually with unfavourable connotations).

The sumptuous fictional account of club-hauling in Captain Frederick Marryat’s novel Peter uncomplicated used to be required studying for midshipmen. Clusius, Carolus (1526-1609) The French botanist Charles de L’Ecluse, a professor at Leiden from 1593. he's acknowledged to have brought the potato into Europe. seize A brood of chickens, laying or sitting on eggs. clyster a medication injected into the rectum with a syringe to cleanse the bowels. An enema, occasionally a suppository. trainer A cabin at the HALF-DECK, foreward of the nice cabin.

The flagship of Admiral de iciness, the final to give up, is visible approximately within the middle, feebly returning the fireplace of the Venerable. The Hercules, a 64-gun Dutch send, her stern on hearth, is drifting throughout their bows. at the left within the historical past is the Monarch along with her prize the Jupiter. (Reproduced from The Naval Chronicle, vol. four, courtesy of the Mariners’ Museum, Newport information, Virginia). camphire related as CAMPHOR. camphor-tree Cinnamomum camphora, a tree indigenous to the close to and much East, whose extract had many healing functions, particularly as a painkiller.

Joiner A craftsman who constructs issues through becoming a member of items of wooden and does finer paintings than a wood worker, comparable to the furnishings and fittings of a boat. jolly A military nickname for a Royal MARINE. jolly boat A ship’s boat, smaller than a CUTTER, with a BLUFF BOW and a large STERN, used mainly for small paintings and typically HOISTED on the STERN of the vessel. See representation, web page seventy two. Jonah The identify of a Hebrew prophet, the topic of the publication of Jonah. anyone who brings undesirable good fortune. Jones, John Paul (1747-1792) The “Paul Jones” taunt of the British by means of the americans refers to John Paul Jones, the yank naval hero of the progressive battle.

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