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.


  • Stop whatever it is you are doing.


  • Ignore what your were just told.

“Mind your helm”

  • Pay attention to what you are doing.

“Pipe Down”

  • Silence!


  • Wall


  • Floor


  • Ceiling


  • Right (as you face forward on a ship)


  • Left (as you face forward on a ship)

“Shove Off”

  • Leave.

“Red, Right, Returning”

  • Where to keep red buoys when returning from sea.