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baldric: A belt for a sword or other piece of equipment worn over one shoulder



ballet de cour: The name given to ballets performed at court in the 16th and 17th centuries



bar:  A sandbank, usually lying at the entrance to a harbour formed by the surge of the sea



barque: A three masted sailing ship, square-rigged at the fore and main masts, and fore-and-aft rigged at the mizzen (rear mast)



bilge: The compartment at the bottom of the hull of a ship or boat where water collects



booty: Pirate treasure, plunder or other ill-gotten gains

after-deck: All upper decks to the rear of the vessel (see ship parts)



aloft: In the rigging above the deck of of a sailing ship



ambuscade: An attack from an ambush



amidships: The middle section of a vessel

bosun / boatswain: A non-commissioned officer responsible for supervising the crew members when performing work on deck



bounty:  Rewards or gain from raids or the capture of ships



bow: The front of a vessel (see ship parts)



bowsprit: A sturdy spar (wooden pole) projecting forward over the bow to support the foremast on which sails can be rigged (see ship parts)

brig: A two-masted square rigged vessel



brigantine: As brig but fore-and-aft-rigged on the mainmast



buccaneer: A pirate known for smoking and curing the meat of wild cattle (see boucan)



bulkhead:  Any vertical partition in the hull of a vessel



bulwark: An extension of a ship's sides above the level of the deck  

boucan: (Fr) A barbecue frame or oven used by buccaneers to cure meat



boules:  A French game in which the objective is to roll heavy balls as close as possible to a small target ball



bridge: The command and navigation centre of a vessel, extending the full width of the the after-deck (see ship parts)


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