By Jack Lagan
A, B, Sea is an exciting, finished consultant to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's thesaurus of nautical phrases comprises definitions for and cross-references to every thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment version comprises many new entries, a few only from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. jam-packed with functional suggestion, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated through passages from vintage books of the ocean, others by way of the author's reports aboard an American schooner with a ecu engine and bins of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and pleasing dictionary comprise:
Bermuda Triangle: Given a decision among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you want to vote for the latter at any time when. the united states Coast defend definitely does.
carry away, to: whilst any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...
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Many such incidents have actually happened outside the Bermuda-Miami-San Juan triangle, even at the other side of the Atlantic. I have even seen the mystery of the Mary Celeste (which was found off the Azores) claimed as a mass UFO abduction. It is certainly the case that the Gulf Stream can be dangerously swift and turbulent and local thunderstorms and water-spouts prevent you getting bored between hurricanes, but as for your thirty-two-footer being beamed up by UFOs or dragged down by giant sea monsters .
I have never knowingly seen an albatross, but there could be two good reasons for this. Most albatross species live in sub-Antarctic waters, a place that is far too cold for the Lagan species. Also, it is estimated that the world population is less than 10,000. However there are about 1,000 of the Waved Albatross and they live on the Galapagos island of Española right on the equator, so there is hope for me yet. Some albatross live as far north as Monterey Bay, California. I have been to Monterey, but did not see any of these magnificent birds from where I was sitting at the Jazz Festival.
Berber pirates raided as far as the coast of Ireland and, in 1654, even plundered a Cornish fishing village. Their most famous hostage was Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish author of Don Quixote, whom they lifted in 1575 while he was on his way home from a small war in Italy. Sadly for Miguel he was far from famous at the time of his kidnap so he had to rot away in an Algerian jail for five years before the money was raised to bail him. Mostly sailing fast lateen-rigged ships, the tactics of the Berber Corsairs were well honed.