Technical Terms with Intersting Orgins


#1

Studying about improved high lift safety valves I come across a new word which I like very much:

Dirling (as in dirling action, a description of how the valve should operate). Also spelled ‘dyrlyng’. An old Scottish word for a thrilling sensation or vibrating motion. Used to describe the feeling of being in love.

Any more technical terms with interesting origins?


#2

Spurlash.
The noise the anchor makes when it hits the water.
Sorry.


#3

Don’t be sorry, unless you don’t know the sound it makes when it comes back up. Then you aught to be.


#4

I’m surprised you didn’t include the “huddling” chamber.

Snifter valve … the sound it makes when functioning.

Grasshopper. The connecting rod of particular style of beam engine.

Peckerhead … the wiring junction box on a motor or generator … comes from an old term “pickerhead” part of a fruit picking basket among other applications.


#5

So much of our language comes from seafaring.


#6

POSH - Port Out, Stbd Home.


#7

I think that’s been debunked.


#8

But backronyms are great. Learned one today.

ETOPS: Engines Turning or Passengers Swimming.


#9

Hahaha!


#10

This lot is a good mardle. (Old word from East Anglia meaning to waste time)

http://see-the-sea.org/nautical/naut-body.htm


#11

Average


#12

Found while thumbing through a book before I say goodbye to it:

Galley Wireless: Gossip
Glory Hole: The steward’s cabin on a liner or the fireman’s on a coal fired steamer.

what, actually?? Sometimes I feel so naive.

Tab Nab: cake or bun served with afternoon tea.
Tanker: a vessel designed to carry liquid cargoes in bulk. There are oil tankers, spirit tankers, molasses tankers, wine tankers, milk tankers, and water tankers.

Milk tankers… its a fine line between a milk tanker and a cheese tanker I reckon. eew. Where do I sign up for the wine tankers?


#13

And forego the spirit tanker? You call yourself a sailor? :dizzy_face:


#14

I know… but I was just worried that a spirit tanker might turn out to be methanol. I don’t want to be made a sucker.


#15

Or go blind.

I guess I’m just a romantic and picture alternating tanks of Glenmorangie and Pappy Van Winkle.


#16

I think scotch might be bad luck cargo: too many misguided people think it should be on the rocks. We can have a scotch tanker, but never on the rocks.

I think it was the SS Politician in the 40s that proves my point.


#17

“Dynamiting whisky. You wouldn’t think there’d be men in the world so crazy as that!”


#18

Here is another impromptu salvage operation. This time in Australia:
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Some locals from Townsville “liberated” part of the cargo from the “Slidre Timur” after she run onto Parker Reef in Febr. 1971:
Here is some pictures of her taken at the time:

More of this story here: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=25669

PS> I was Chief Officer on this vessel in 1969-70 and left her in Port Moresby a few months before this grounding.


#19

Don’t forget the beer tankers.


#20

I remember 20’ tank containers on deck, marked with the Johnny Walker Red logo, when I was on the SL-7, the Sealand Resource in 1980.
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