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lanyard: A short length of rope or cord

 

 

league: A unit of length, normally equal to three nautical miles

 

 

leeward: The side that is away from the wind

 

 

Letters of Marque: A document issued by a government granting permission for a private vessel to plunder a foreign state

 

 

list: The lean or tilt of a vessel which is usually caused by flooding or improperly loaded cargo

 

 

lit a repose: A chaise longue or reclining sofa

machete: a broad, heavy knife originating in Central America and the Caribbean

 

 

manatee: An aquatic mammal with a rounded tail flipper, living in shallow coastal waters and adjacent rivers of Central America

 

 

masthead: A small platform just above the main yard of a mast

 

 

mast: A vertical spar (pole) on a sailing vessel to support the yards and sails

 

 

Master: The captain of a merchant vessel

 

 

Mate: Second in command of a merchant vessel

Menuet: A slow, stately dance in triple time, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries

 

 

mizzen: The smaller, aftermost, mast on a sailing vessel (see ship parts)

 

 

mizzen deck: The after deck, nearest the stern (rear) of the vessel

 

 

molasses: A thick, dark brown syrup obtained from raw sugar during the refining process, sometimes used to sweeten drinking water

 

 

moor: To dock a vessel or secure it to an anchored buoy

 

 

mulatto: A person of mixed white and black ancestry, especially with one white and one black parent

 

 

musket: A long barrelled muzzle-loading gun fired from the shoulder

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