Nautical Terms

“Aye, yes sir/ma’am”

  • Correct response to task direction or a command

“Yes sir/ma’am”

  • Correct response to a “yes” or “no” question.

“Avast”

  • Stop whatever it is you are doing.

“Belay”

  • Ignore what your were just told.

“Mind your helm”

  • Pay attention to what you are doing.

“Pipe Down”

  • Silence!

“Bulkhead”

  • Wall

“Deck”

  • Floor

“Overhead”

  • Ceiling

“Starboard”

  • Right (as you face forward on a ship)

“Port”

  • Left (as you face forward on a ship)

“Shove Off”

  • Leave.

“Red, Right, Returning”

  • Where to keep red buoys when returning from sea.