Ships and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam

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GLOSSARY
after peak An enclosed space right aft under the decks. Usually it is a watertight tank carrying fresh water for drinking or salt water for ballast.
articles An abbreviation for crew articles or crew agreement, it is the document which specifies the nature and duration of a voyage and which contains information on all crew members. Less commonly, the term refers to specific regulations for preventing collisions at sea which officers must memorize.
barque A sailing vessel with three or more masts which are square-rigged except on the after mast which has fore-and-aft sails. Almost all Canadian barques carried three masts.
barquentine A sailing vessel with three or more masts (in Canada, usually three masts), and fore-and-aft sails on all masts except the fore mast, which carried square sails.
bill of lading A written account of goods shipped, signed by the shipowner's agent or the master of the ship, and usually promising safe delivery at the place directed, dangers of the sea excepted.
block An iron or wooden frame containing revolving sheaves around which ropes run. When forming part of a purchase or tackle, blocks serve to increase the lifting power applied to ropes; blocks also serve to lead ropes into convenient positions or directions.
bulkhead A vertical metal wall or partition, normally made watertight, dividing the hull into separate compartments. Seafarers often use the term loosely to mean any wall in their accommodations.
bunker boys The bunker is the compartment where the fuel is stored for the furnaces of the ship's boilers. Bunker boys were the unlicensed members of the engine-room crew. They were sometimes called the 'black gang.'

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Yarns 15
  • 2 - Going to Sea 29
  • 3 - Work 41
  • 4 - Officers and Masters 71
  • 5 - Class 85
  • 6 - Family 97
  • 7 - Masculinity 106
  • 8 - Hazards 118
  • 9 - War 126
  • 10 - Union 139
  • 11 - Canada 150
  • Notes 157
  • GLOSSARY 167
  • SOURCES AND COLLABORATORS 171
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 173
  • Index 177
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