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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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