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salvage: The activity of saving people or cargo from a shipwreck



Sarabande: A stately court dance of the 17th century in slow triple time



schooner: A type of sailing vessel, first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts with the forward mast being no taller than the rear masts



scupper: (noun) The openings in the bulwarks that allow drainage over the side



scupper: (verb) To destroy or wreck something



sheet: A rope attached to the corner of a sail used to control the setting to the wind



ship: Originally, a three-masted vessel which is square-rigged on all three masts



shipshape: Describing a vessel that is well equipped, clean, neat, with gear stowed properly



shored up: A vessel which is propped up with beams of timber during careening



skiff: A small light rowing or sailing craft

slops: Short baggy trousers, worn by men, especially sailors, in the 16th and 17th centuries



sloop: A fast single or twin masted vessel mounted with fore and aft sails



spar: A wooden pole used to support various pieces of rigging and sails. The general term for any of the above deck timbers to which sails are attached, such as the masts, booms, gaffs yards and sprits



sprit: A spar (wooden pole) carried at an angle across the mast on which the sail is attached



square sail: A four sided sail set at right angles to the keel of the vessel



stand easy: A command to a subordinate that they may relax



starboard: The right side of the vessel when facing forward

stay: A strong rope or wire supporting a mast fore and aft



stern: The rear part of a ship (see ship parts)



stow away: To store, or to put away e.g. personal effects, tackle, or cargo



stowaway: A trespasser aboard a ship taking a free passage  

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ramrod: a rod for ramming down the charge of a canon



ratlines: The rungs fastened between the shrouds from bulwarks to the masthead to form ladders enabling access to the topmasts and yards



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rigging: All wires, blocks, ropes, spars and other hardware with which the sails are hoisted and trimmed

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