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ALIENEST - Psychiatrist
ASSEGAIS - Light, slender spears
ASTERN - Toward the stern, or rear, of a boat
BOILER - The tank or container in which water is heated into steam to provide power for the steamboat. A vertical boiler is a relatively simple type that takes up little space.
BOWS (IN THE BOWS) - Toward the bow, or front, of a boat
CALIPERS - An instrument with two curved, movable legs, used to measure the diameter of a thing
CONCERTINA - A kind of small accordion
DRAKE, SIR FRANCIS - English navigator (1540?-1596). The first Englishman to sail around the world, which he did in his ship the Golden Hind (1577-80). Participated in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588).
ESTUARY - The mouth of a river
FAIRWAY - The navigable part of a river
FALERNIAN WINE - A well-known ancient wine which was made in southern Italy
FIREMAN - The man who tends the steamboat's furnace, stoking it with wood
FLEET STREET - An important business street in London
FRANKLIN, SIR JOHN - British explorer (1786-1847). With his ships the Erebus and the Terror, he set out for the Arctic in 1845 to search for the Northwest Passage-an expedition that ended, tragically, in the deaths of all members.
FUNNEL - Smokestack
HELMSMAN - The man at the helm (steering mechanism), who steers the boat
MARTINI-HENRY - A kind of military rifle
MEPHISTOPHELES - In the Faust legend, the wily devil who tempts Faust
MIZZENMAST - A mast toward the back of a boat
OFFING - The distant part of the sea visible from the shore
PILOT-HOUSE - The enclosed cabin in which the helmsman steers the boat
RAVENNA - The site of an important Roman naval base in northern Italy
SCOW - A flat-bottomed boat with square ends, used for transporting freight
SOUNDING-POLE - The long pole used to sound, or measure, the depth of the water
STERN-WHEEL - The paddle wheel at the back (stern) of a steamboat
STONE - 14 Pounds (British measurement) 16 stone = 224 pounds
TIME CONTRACTS - Legal contracts to work for a specified period of time. Such contracts were used to exploit the African natives, who had little understanding of European law.
TRIREME - An ancient Roman ship with three tiers of oars on each side
YAWL - A small sailboat