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Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603 – 10 October 1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).
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Abrasive blasting is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface, or remove surface contaminants.
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Abu Bakr, also known as Abubakari I or Manding Bory, was the fifth Mansa (Emperor) of the Mali Empire, reigning from 1275 to 1285.
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Abu Bakr II (fl. 14th century), also spelled Abubakri and known as Mansa Qu, may have been the ninth mansa of the Mali Empire.
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Acid rain is a rain or any other form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that it possesses elevated levels of hydrogen ions (low pH).
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Admiralty law or maritime law is a distinct body of law that governs maritime questions and offenses.
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Agatharchides or Agatharchus (Ἀγαθαρχίδης or Ἀγάθαρχος, Agatharchos) of Cnidus was a Greek historian and geographer (flourished 2nd century BC).
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The Age of Discovery is an informal and loosely defined European historical period from the 15th century to the 18th century, marking the time in which extensive overseas exploration emerged as a powerful factor in European culture.
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The Age of Sail was a period roughly corresponding to the early modern period in which international trade and naval warfare were dominated by sailing ships, lasting from the 16th to the mid-19th century.
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Air pollution is the introduction of particulates, biological molecules, or other harmful materials into Earth's atmosphere, causing disease, death to humans, damage to other living organisms such as food crops, or the natural or built environment.
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An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft.
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An airship or dirigible is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft which can navigate through the air under its own power.
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The Ajuran Sultanate (Saldanadda Ajuuraan, سلطنة أجوران), also spelled Ajuuraan Sultanate, and often simply as Ajuran, was a Somali Muslim empire that ruled over large parts of the Horn of Africa in the Middle Ages.
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The Alaska pollock or walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus, formerly Theragra chalcogramma) is a marine fish species of the cod family Gadidae.
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The America's Cup, affectionately known as the "Auld Mug", is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts.
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An amphibious assault ship (also referred to as a commando carrierIn historical use, commando carriers have not necessarily operated landing craft, e.g. British aircraft carrier conversions or an amphibious assault carrier) is a type of amphibious warfare ship employed to land and support ground forces on enemy territory by an amphibious assault.
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The amplitude of a periodic variable is a measure of its change over a single period (such as time or spatial period).
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An anchovy is a small, common salt-water forage fish of the family Engraulidae.
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Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt.
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Ancient Greece was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history that lasted from the Archaic period of the 8th to 6th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (circa 600 AD).
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Ancient Rome was an Italic civilization that began on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC.
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The Arabian Peninsula (شبه الجزيرة العربية or جزيرة العرب), also known as Arabia, is a peninsula of Western Asia situated north-east of Africa on the Arabian plate.
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The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is a North American nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of public interest in archaeology, and the preservation of archaeological sites.
Archaeology magazine is a bimonthly mainstream publication for the general public, supported by its website.
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Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic (República Argentina), is a federal republic located in southeastern South America.
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An artificial reef is a human-made underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom, to control erosion, block ship passage, or improve surfing.
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Asbestos (pronounced or) is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals, which all have in common their eponymous asbestiform habit: long (roughly 1:20 aspect ratio), thin fibrous crystals, with each visible fiber composed of millions of microscopic "fibrils" that can be released by abrasion and other processes.
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were large Japanese warships of the 16th and 17th century used during the internecine Japanese wars for political control and unity of all Japan.
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Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) is a herring in the family Clupeidae.
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The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world's oceanic divisions, following the Pacific Ocean.
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An attack submarine or hunter-killer submarine is a submarine specifically designed for the purpose of attacking and sinking other submarines, surface combatants and merchant vessels.
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Australia (colloquially), officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is an Oceanian country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.
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An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of a vehicle without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required.
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Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
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Axum or Aksum (ኣኽሱም, አክሱም) is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia.
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A ballistic missile submarine is a submarine deploying submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) with nuclear warheads.
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The Baltic Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, enclosed by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain.
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Barawa (Baraawe, مدينة ﺑﺮﺍﻭة), also known as Brava, is a port town in the southeastern Lower Shebelle region of Somalia.
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A barge is a flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods.
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Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain.
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A barque, barc, or bark is a type of sailing vessel with three or more masts having the fore- and mainmasts rigged square and only the mizzen (the aftermost mast) rigged fore-and-aft.
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A battleship is a large armored warship with a main battery consisting of heavy caliber guns.
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BBC News is an operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs.
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The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline.
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Berbera (Barbara, بربرة) is a city in the northwestern Berbera District of Somaliland, a self-declared republic internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.
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Bifurcation memory is a generalized name for some specific features of the behaviour of the dynamical system near the bifurcation.
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The bilge (IPA: /bɪldʒ/) is the lowest compartment on a ship, below the waterline, where the two sides meet at the keel.
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Global Biodiversity is the variety of different types of life found on Earth and the variations within species.
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Biofouling or biological fouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or animals on wetted surfaces.
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The Black Sea is a sea between Southeastern Europe and Western Asia.
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The blue whiting, Micromesistius poutassou, one of the two species in the genus Micromesistius in the cod family, is common in the northeast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Iceland and Spitsbergen.
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A boat is a watercraft of any size designed to float or plane, to work or travel on water.
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Bottom trawling is trawling (towing a trawl, which is a fishing net) along the sea floor.
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The bow is the forward part of the hull of a ship or boat, the point that is usually most forward when the vessel is underway.
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A bow thruster or stern thruster is a transversal propulsion device built into, or mounted to, either the bow or stern, of a ship or boat, to make it more maneuvrable.
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A bow wave is the wave that forms at the bow of a ship when it moves through the water.
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The bowsprit of a sailing vessel is a spar extending forward from the vessel's prow.
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Breakwaters are structures constructed on coasts as part of coastal defense or to protect an anchorage from the effects of both weather and longshore drift.
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In sailing, a brigantine is a two-masted vessel with foremast fully square rigged and her mainmast rigged with both a fore-and-aft mainsail (a gaff sail) and a square topsail, and possibly a topgallant sail.
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A bulbous bow is a protruding bulb at the bow (or front) of a ship just below the waterline.
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A bulk carrier, bulk freighter, or bulker is a merchant ship specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo, such as grains, coal, ore, and cement in its cargo holds.
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In science, buoyancy (or; also known as upthrust) is an upward force exerted by a fluid that opposes the weight of an immersed object.
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The Byzantine navy or the Eastern Roman navy was the naval force of the East Roman or Byzantine Empire.
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A cabin or berthing is an enclosed space generally on a ship or an aircraft.
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A cable layer or cable ship is a deep-sea vessel designed and used to lay underwater cables for telecommunications, electric power transmission, or other purposes.
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Cancer, also known as a malignant tumor or malignant neoplasm, is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
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A caravel (Portuguese: caravela) is a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese to explore along the West African coast and into the Atlantic Ocean.
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The word cargo refers in particular to goods or produce being conveyed – generally for commercial gain – by ship, boat, or aircraft, although the term is now often extended to cover all types of freight, including that carried by train, van, truck, or intermodal container.
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A cargo ship or freighter is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another.
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A carrack was a three- or four-masted sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Genoese for use in commerce.
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Carrier-based aircraft, sometimes known as carrier-capable aircraft or carrier-borne aircraft, are naval aircraft designed specifically for operations from aircraft carriers.
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The city of Carthage (قرطاج) is a city in Tunisia that was once the center of the ancient Carthaginian civilization.
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The Caspian Sea (kɐˈspʲijskəjə ˈmorʲə, Xəzər dənizi, Каспий теңізі Kaspiy teñizi, دریای خزر Daryā-e Xazar,دریای کاسپین Daryā-e Kāspiyan, Hazar deňizi) is the largest enclosed inland body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea.
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A catamaran ("cat" for short) is a multihulled watercraft consisting of two parallel hulls of equal size.
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Celestial navigation, also known as astronavigation, is the ancient art and science of position fixing that enables a navigator to transition through a space without having to rely on estimated calculations, or dead reckoning, to know their position.
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Central Africa is a core region of the African continent which includes Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda.
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Ceremonial ship launching is the process of transferring a vessel to the water.
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Chartering is an activity within the shipping industry.
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A chemical tanker is a type of tanker ship designed to transport chemicals in bulk.
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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia.
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A Chinese treasure ship was a type of large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, who led seven voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty.
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Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo; Cristóbal Colón; Cristóvão Colombo; born between 31 October 1450 and 30 October 1451, Genoa; died 20 May 1506, Valladolid) was an Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer and citizen of the Republic of Genoa.
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The chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) also known as the Pacific mackerel or Pacific chub mackerel, is a mackerel which closely resembles the Atlantic chub mackerel.
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A circle is a simple shape in Euclidean geometry.
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"Clam" is an informal term used to refer to any molluscans within Class Bivalvia.
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A clipper was a very fast sailing ship of the middle third of the 19th century.
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In sailing, the clipper route was the traditional route derived from the Brouwer Route and sailed by clipper ships between Europe and the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
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A cluster munition is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that releases or ejects smaller submunitions.
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A coast guard or coastguard is a maritime security organization of a particular country.
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The Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between powers in the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies and others) and powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies in the Warsaw Pact).
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Colonization (or colonisation) occurs whenever there is a large-scale migration of any one or more groups of people to a colonial area.
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The Columbian Exchange or Grand Exchange was the widespread transfer of animals, plants, culture, human populations, technology and ideas between the American and Afro-Eurasian hemispheres in the 15th and 16th centuries, related to European colonization and trade (including African/American slave trade) after Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage.
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A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or "points".
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A composite material (also called a composition material or shortened to composite) is a material made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components.
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Computational fluid dynamics, usually abbreviated as CFD, is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical analysis and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows.
Concrete ships are ships built of steel and ferrocement (reinforced concrete) instead of more traditional materials, such as steel or wood.
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Container ships are cargo ships that carry all of their load in truck-size intermodal containers, in a technique called containerization.
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A corvette is a small warship.
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Crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting "tail" (abdomen) (βραχύς / brachys.
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A crane is a type of machine, generally equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains, and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally.
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A crane vessel, crane ship or floating crane is a ship with a crane specialized in lifting heavy loads.
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A cruise missile is a guided missile used against terrestrial targets, so called because the major portion of its flight path is conducted at cruise speed (i.e., approximately constant velocity).
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A cruise ship or cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship's amenities are a part of the experience, as well as the different destinations along the way.
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A cruiser is a type of warship.
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Cyperus papyrus (papyrus sedge, paper reed, Indian matting plant, Nile grass) is a species of aquatic flowering plant belonging to the sedge family Cyperaceae.
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The Deck Department is an organizational unit aboard naval and merchant ships.
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The density, or more precisely, the volumetric mass density, of a substance is its mass per unit volume.
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In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast maneuverable long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller powerful short-range attackers.
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A developed country, industrialized country, or "more economically developed country" (MEDC), is a sovereign state that has a highly developed economy and advanced technological infrastructure relative to other less industrialized nations.
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The diesel engine (also known as a compression-ignition or 'CI' engine) is an internal combustion engine in which ignition of the fuel that has been injected into the combustion chamber is initiated by the high temperature which a gas achieves when greatly compressed (adiabatic compression).
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Diesel-electric transmission, or diesel-electric powertrain is used by a number of vehicle and ship types for providing locomotion.
A dinghy (or dingey) is a type of small boat, often carried or towed for use as a ship's boat by a larger vessel.
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A disease is a particular abnormal condition, a disorder of a structure or function, that affects part or all of an organism.
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In fluid mechanics, displacement occurs when an object is immersed in a fluid, pushing it out of the way and taking its place.
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A double-hulled tanker refers to an oil tanker which has a double hull.
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The draft (American) or draught (British) of a ship's hull is the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull (keel), with the thickness of the hull included; in the case of not being included the draft outline would be obtained.
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Dredging is an excavation activity usually carried out at least partly underwater, in shallow seas or freshwater areas with the purpose of gathering up bottom sediments and disposing of them at a different location.
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A drilling rig is a machine that creates holes in the earth sub-surface.
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A dry dock (sometimes dry-dock or drydock) is a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated in, then drained to allow that load to come to rest on a dry platform.
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Duarte Barbosa (c. 1480, Lisbon, Portugal1 May 1521, Philippines) was a Portuguese writer and Portuguese India officer between 1500 and 1516–1517, with the post of scrivener in Cannanore factory and sometimes interpreter of the local language (Malayalam).
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A ducted propeller, also known as a Kort nozzle, is a propeller fitted with a non-rotating nozzle.
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Dynamic positioning (DP) is a computer-controlled system to automatically maintain a vessel's position and heading by using its own propellers and thrusters.
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An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.
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Egypt (مِصر, مَصر), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula.
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An electric motor is an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.
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An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems.
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Ship (or marine) Engineering Officers or, simply, Ship Engineers are responsible for operating the propulsion plants and support systems on board crew, passengers and cargo seafaring vesselsWise Geek: or other watercraft.
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England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.
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The environmental impact of shipping includes greenhouse gas emissions, acoustic, and oil pollution.
Environmental law - or "environmental and natural resources law" - is a collective term describing the network of treaties, statutes, regulations, and common and customary laws addressing the effects of human activity on the natural environment.
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Environmentalism or Environmental rights is a broad philosophy, ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the concerns of non-human elements.
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Eudoxus of Cyzicus (Εὔδοξος, Eúdoxos; fl. c. 130 BC) was a Greek navigator who explored the Arabian Sea for Ptolemy VIII, king of the Hellenistic Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt.
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Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.
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The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of EUnum member states that are located primarily in Europe.
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Exhaust gas or flue gas is emitted as a result of the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, gasoline/petrol, biodiesel blends, diesel fuel, fuel oil or coal.
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In mathematics, an exponential function is a function of the form The input variable x occurs as an exponent – hence the name.
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The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. local time and spilled of crude oil over the next few days.
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A factory ship, also known as a fish processing vessel, is a large ocean-going vessel with extensive on-board facilities for processing and freezing caught fish or whales.
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The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf.
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Famous First Facts is a book listing "First Happenings, Discoveries and Inventions in the United States".
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A ferry (or ferryboat) is a boat or ship (a merchant vessel) used to carry (or ferry) primarily passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo as well, across a body of water.
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A fish hook or fishhook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish.
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A fish trap is a trap used for fishing.
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Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish.
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A fishing fleet is an aggregate of commercial fishing vessels.
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A fishing net or fishnet is a net used for fishing.
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A fishing trawler, also known as a dragger, is a commercial fishing vessel designed to operate fishing trawls.
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A fishing vessel is a boat or ship used to catch fish in the sea, or on a lake or river.
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The flag state of a commercial vessel is the state under whose laws the vessel is registered or licensed.
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A Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO; French: Organisation des Nations unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture, Italian: Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per l'Alimentazione e l'Agricoltura) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Forecastle (pron. -sul; commonly abbreviated "fo'c's'le") refers to the upper deck of a sailing ship forward of the foremast, or the forward part of a ship with the sailors' living quarters.
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In science, a formula is a concise way of expressing information symbolically as in a mathematical or chemical formula.
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A four-stroke engine (also known as four-cycle) is an internal combustion (IC) engine in which the piston completes four separate strokes while turning a crankshaft.
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France, officially the French Republic (République française), is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.
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Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia in the family Burseraceae, particularly Boswellia sacra (syn: B. carteri, B. bhaw-dajiana), B. frereana, B. serrata (B. thurifera, Indian frankincense), and B. papyrifera.
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In sailing and boating, a vessel's freeboard is the distance from the waterline to the upper deck level, measured at the lowest point of sheer where water can enter the boat or ship.
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Freight transport is the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise goods and cargo.
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The French Navy (Marine nationale, "national navy"), informally La Royale, is the maritime arm of the French Armed Forces.
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Fresh water is naturally occurring water on the Earth's surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as groundwater in aquifers and underground streams.
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A frigate is any of several types of warship, the term having been used for ships of various sizes and roles over the last few centuries.
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In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues.
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A galleon was a large, multi-decked sailing ship used primarily by European states from the 16th to 18th centuries.
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A galley is a type of ship that is propelled mainly by rowing.
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The galley is the compartment of a ship, train, or aircraft where food is cooked and prepared.
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A galvanic anode is the main component of a galvanic cathodic protection (CP) system used to protect buried or submerged metal structures from corrosion.
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A gas turbine, also called a combustion turbine, is a type of internal combustion engine.
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Genetics is the study of genes, heredity, and genetic variation in living organisms.
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A geographer is a scholar whose area of study is geography, the study of Earth's natural environment and human society.
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Gillnetting is a common fishing method used by commercial and artisanal fishermen of all the oceans and in some freshwater and estuary areas.
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Globalization (or globalisation) is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas and other aspects of culture.
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This is a partial glossary of nautical terms; some remain current, while many date from the 17th to 19th centuries.
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Gold is a chemical element with symbol Au (from aurum) and atomic number 79.
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Grasses, or more technically graminoids, are monocotyledonous, usually herbaceous plants with narrow leaves growing from the base.
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Great Britain, also known as Britain, is an island in the North Atlantic off the north-west coast of continental Europe.
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The Great Lakes (also called the Laurentian Great Lakes, or the Great Lakes of North America) are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes located in northeastern North America, on the Canada–United States border, which connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River.
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The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt.
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The Great Storm of 1987 was a violent extratropical cyclone that occurred on the night of 15–16 October, with hurricane-force winds causing casualties in England, France and the Channel Islands as a severe depression in the Bay of Biscay moved northeast.
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Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutirikwe and the town of Masvingo.
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Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over forty countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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Gross tonnage (often abbreviated as GT, G.T. or gt) is a unitless index related to a ship's overall internal volume.
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In fixed-wing aircraft, ground effect is the increased lift (force) and decreased aerodynamic drag that an aircraft's wings generate when they are close to a fixed surface.
Gunpowder, also known as black powder, is a chemical explosive—the earliest known.
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The H. W. Wilson Company, Inc., was founded in 1898 and is located in The Bronx, New York.
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The Han dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China, preceded by the Qin dynasty (221–207 BC) and succeeded by the Three Kingdoms period (220–280 AD). Spanning over four centuries, the Han period is considered a golden age in Chinese history. To this day, China's majority ethnic group refers to itself as the "Han people" and the Chinese script is referred to as "Han characters". It was founded by the rebel leader Liu Bang, known posthumously as Emperor Gaozu of Han, and briefly interrupted by the Xin dynasty (9–23 AD) of the former regent Wang Mang. This interregnum separates the Han dynasty into two periods: the Western Han or Former Han (206 BC – 9 AD) and the Eastern Han or Latter Han (25–220 AD). The emperor was at the pinnacle of Han society. He presided over the Han government but shared power with both the nobility and appointed ministers who came largely from the scholarly gentry class. The Han Empire was divided into areas directly controlled by the central government using an innovation inherited from the Qin known as commanderies, and a number of semi-autonomous kingdoms. These kingdoms gradually lost all vestiges of their independence, particularly following the Rebellion of the Seven States. From the reign of Emperor Wu onward, the Chinese court officially sponsored Confucianism in education and court politics, synthesized with the cosmology of later scholars such as Dong Zhongshu. This policy endured until the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 AD. The Han dynasty was an age of economic prosperity and saw a significant growth of the money economy first established during the Zhou dynasty (c. 1050–256 BC). The coinage issued by the central government mint in 119 BC remained the standard coinage of China until the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD). The period saw a number of limited institutional innovations. To pay for its military campaigns and the settlement of newly conquered frontier territories, the government nationalized the private salt and iron industries in 117 BC, but these government monopolies were repealed during the Eastern Han period. Science and technology during the Han period saw significant advances, including papermaking, the nautical steering rudder, the use of negative numbers in mathematics, the raised-relief map, the hydraulic-powered armillary sphere for astronomy, and a seismometer employing an inverted pendulum. The Xiongnu, a nomadic steppe confederation, defeated the Han in 200 BC and forced the Han to submit as a de facto inferior partner, but continued their raids on the Han borders. Emperor Wu of Han (r. 141–87 BC) launched several military campaigns against them. The ultimate Han victory in these wars eventually forced the Xiongnu to accept vassal status as Han tributaries. These campaigns expanded Han sovereignty into the Tarim Basin of Central Asia, divided the Xiongnu into two separate confederations, and helped establish the vast trade network known as the Silk Road, which reached as far as the Mediterranean world. The territories north of Han's borders were quickly overrun by the nomadic Xianbei confederation. Emperor Wu also launched successful military expeditions in the south, annexing Nanyue in 111 BC and Dian in 109 BC, and in the Korean Peninsula where the Xuantu and Lelang Commanderies were established in 108 BC. After 92 AD, the palace eunuchs increasingly involved themselves in court politics, engaging in violent power struggles between the various consort clans of the empresses and empress dowagers, causing the Han's ultimate downfall. Imperial authority was also seriously challenged by large Daoist religious societies which instigated the Yellow Turban Rebellion and the Five Pecks of Rice Rebellion. Following the death of Emperor Ling (r. 168–189 AD), the palace eunuchs suffered wholesale massacre by military officers, allowing members of the aristocracy and military governors to become warlords and divide the empire. When Cao Pi, King of Wei, usurped the throne from Emperor Xian, the Han dynasty ceased to exist.
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Handline fishing, or handlining, is a fishing technique where a single fishing line is held in the hands.
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The Hanseatic League (also known as the Hanse or Hansa; Hanse, Dudesche Hanse, Hansa, Hansa Teutonica or Liga Hanseatica) was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns.
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A harbor or harbour (see spelling differences), or haven, is a body of water where ships, boats, and barges can seek shelter from stormy weather, or else are stored for future use.
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Hawsehole is a nautical term for a small hole in the hull of a ship through which hawsers may be passed.
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The head (or heads) is a ship's toilet.
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Health care or healthcare is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.
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The Hellenistic period covers the period of ancient Greek (Hellenic) history and Mediterranean history between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the emergence of the Roman Empire as signified by the Battle of Actium in 31 BC and the subsequent conquest of Ptolemaic Egypt the following year.
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A high-speed craft (HSC) is a high speed water vessel for civilian use, also called a fastcraft or fast ferry.
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A historian is a person who researches, studies and writes about the past, and is regarded as an authority on it.
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The history of slavery spans nearly every culture, nationality and religion, and from ancient times to the present day.
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The British canal system of water transport played a vital role in the United Kingdom's Industrial Revolution at a time when roads were only just emerging from the medieval mud and long trains of packhorses were the only means of "mass" transit by road of raw materials and finished products (it was no accident that amongst the first canal promoters were the pottery manufacturers of Staffordshire).
Hobyo (Hobyaa, هبيا), also known as Obbia, is an ancient port city in the north-central Mudug region of Somalia.
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A hormone (from Greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is any member of a class of signaling molecules produced by glands in multicellular organisms that are transported by the circulatory system to target distant organs to regulate physiology and behaviour.
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The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is one of two extant subspecies of ''Equus ferus''.
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Horse mackerel is a vague vernacular term for a range of species of fish throughout the English-speaking world.
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A hospital ship is a ship designated for primary function as a floating medical treatment facility or hospital.
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A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle or ACV, is a craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces.
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A hull is the watertight body of a ship or boat.
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Hull speed or displacement speed is the speed at which the wavelength of the boat's bow wave (in displacement mode) is equal to the boat length.
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A hydrofoil is a lifting surface, or foil, which operates in water.
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The Iberian Peninsula, also known as Iberia, is located in the southwest corner of Europe and is divided among four states: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and France; as well as Gibraltar, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
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(أبو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي بن بطوطة), or simply Muhammad Ibn Battuta (ابن بطوطة) (February 25, 1304 – 1368 or 1369), was an explorer of Berber descent, who is widely recognised as one of the greatest travelers of all time.
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An icebreaker is a special-purpose ship or boat designed to move and navigate through ice-covered waters, and provide safe waterways for other boats and ships.
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The immune system is a system of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease.
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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) number is a unique reference for ships and for registered ship owners and management companies.
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An impeller (also written as impellor or impellar) is a rotor used to increase (or decrease in case of turbines) the pressure and flow of a fluid.
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India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia.
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The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface.
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The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.
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Initial stability is the resistance of a boat to small changes in the difference between the vertical forces applied on its two sides.
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An intermodal container is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo.
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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, pronounced; Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale, OACI), is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Iran (or; ایران), historically known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia.
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Iraq (or; العراق, Kurdish: Êraq), officially the Republic of Iraq (Arabic: جمهورية العراق; كۆماری عێراق), is a country in Western Asia.
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Islam (There are ten pronunciations of Islam in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the s is or, and whether the a is pronounced, or (when the stress is on the first syllable) (Merriam Webster). The most common are (Oxford English Dictionary, Random House) and (American Heritage Dictionary). الإسلام,: Arabic pronunciation varies regionally. The first vowel ranges from ~~. The second vowel ranges from ~~~. In Northwestern Africa, they do not have stress or lengthened vowels.) is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a religious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God, and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (circa 570–8 June 632 CE), considered by most of them to be the last prophet of God.
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Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks and teeth of animals, that is used in art or manufacturing.
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Captain James Cook, FRS, RN (7 November 1728Old style date: 27 October14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.
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Japan (日本 Nippon or Nihon; formally or Nihon-koku, "State of Japan") is an island country in East Asia.
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Jellyfish or jelliesVan Patten, Peg.
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In boats and ships, keel can refer to either of two parts: a structural element that sometimes resembles a fin and protrudes below a boat along the central line, or a hydrodynamic element.
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Khambhat, Gujarati:ખંભાત,(Hindi:खंभात), also known as Cambay, is a town and the surrounding urban agglomeration in Khambhat Taluka, Anand district in the Indian state of Gujarat.
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The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC.
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Kilwa one of the 6 districts of the Lindi Region of Tanzania.
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Kilwa Kisiwani is a community on an island off the southern coast of present-day Tanzania in eastern Africa.
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The Kingdom of Aksum or Axum, also known as the Aksumite Empire, was a trading nation in the area of northern Ethiopia and Eritrea pre-Islamic Arabs, which existed from approximately 100–940 AD.
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A knarr is a type of Norse merchant ship used by the Vikings.
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A lake (in Scotland and Ireland, a loch) is an area (prototypically filled with water, also of variable size), localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.
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Lake Erie (Lac Érié) is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the thirteenth largest globally if measured in terms of surface area.
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Lake freighters, or lakers, are bulk carrier vessels that ply the Great Lakes.
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Lake Huron (Lac Huron) is one of the five Great Lakes of North America.
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Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States.
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Lake Superior (Lac Supérieur) is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America.
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The largehead hairtail (also beltfish), Trichiurus lepturus, is a member of the cutlassfish family, Trichiuridae.
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The Liberty ship was a class of cargo ship built in the United States during World War II.
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A lifeboat is a small, rigid or inflatable boat carried for emergency evacuation in the event of a disaster aboard a ship.
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The lighter aboard ship (LASH) system refers to the practice of loading barges (lighters) aboard a larger vessel for transport.
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The list of auxiliary ship classes in service includes all auxiliary ships in naval service in the world.
This list of fictional ships lists artificial vehicles supported by water, which are either the subject of, or an important element of, a notable work of fiction.
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This is a list of historical ship types, which includes any classification of ship that has ever been used.
The list of naval ship classes in service includes all combatant surface classes in service currently with navies or armed forces and auxiliaries in the world.
The list of submarine classes in service includes all submarine classes currently in service with navies or other armed forces worldwide.
The following is a list of the world's largest cruise ships over 100,000 gross tonnes, including ships that are in service, under construction, and out of service.
This is a list of some of the world's largest ships by gross tonnage.
The world's longest ships are listed according to their overall length (LOA), which is the maximum length of the vessel measured between the extreme points in fore and aft.
This is a list of the lists of ships on Wikipedia - a meta-list.
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This is a list of lists of shipwrecks (i.e. sunken or grounded ships whose remains have been located), sorted by region.
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An LNG carrier is a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG).
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Clawed lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans.
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Longline fishing is a commercial fishing technique.
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The Mali Empire (Manding: Nyeni; Niani), also historically referred to as the Manden Kurufaba, was a Mandinka/Bambara empire in West Africa from c. 1230 to c. 1600.
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Mare Nostrum (Latin for "Our Sea") was a Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea.
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Marine electronics refers to electronics devices designed and classed for use in the marine environment where even small drops of salt water will destroy electronics devices.
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Marine fuel management (MFM) is a multi-level approach to measuring, monitoring, and reporting fuel usage on a boat or ship, with the goals of reducing fuel usage, increasing operational efficiency, and improving fleet management oversight.
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Marine salvage is the process of recovering a ship, its cargo, or other property after a shipwreck or other maritime casualty.
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Marine weather forecasting is the process by which mariners and meteorological organizations have attempted to forecast future weather conditions over the Earth's oceans.
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Maritime history is the study of human activity at sea.
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The mast of a sailing vessel is a tall spar, or arrangement of spars, erected more or less vertically on the centre-line of a ship or boat.
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Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food.
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The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant.
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A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the voters to a parliament.
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Merca (Marka, مركة) is an ancient port city in the southern Lower Shebelle province of Somalia.
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A merchant vessel or trading vessel is a boat or ship that transports cargo or carries passengers for hire.
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The metric system is an internationally agreed decimal system of measurement.
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A microorganism (from the μικρός, mikros, "small" and ὀργανισμός, organismós, "organism") is a microscopic living organism, which may be single celled or multicellular.
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The military, also called the armed forces, are forces authorized to use deadly force, and weapons, to support the interests of the state and some or all of its citizens.
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A minesweeper is a small naval warship designed to engage in minesweeping.
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The Ming dynasty, or the Great Ming, also called the Empire of the Great Ming, was the ruling dynasty of China for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty.
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In modern usage, a missile is a self-propelled precision-guided munition system, as opposed to an unguided self-propelled munition, referred to as a rocket (although these too can also be guided).
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The warty comb jelly or sea walnut (Mnemiopsis leidyi) is a species of tentaculate ctenophore (comb jelly), originally native to the western Atlantic coastal waters.
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Mogadishu (Muqdisho; مقديشو), known locally as Xamar (Hamar), is the largest and capital city of Somalia.
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Mohenjo-daro (موهن جو دڙو, موئن جو دڑو, IPA:, lit. Mound of the Dead) is an archeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan.
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Mombasa is the second-largest.
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The, which took place in 1274 and 1281, were major military efforts undertaken by Kublai Khan to conquer the Japanese archipelago after the submission of Goryeo (Korea) to vassaldom.
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Monsoon (UK:; US) is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.
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The Monthly Weather Review is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Meteorological Society.
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A mooring refers to any permanent structure to which a vessel may be secured.
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A mother ship, mothership or mother-ship is a large vehicle that leads, serves, or carries other smaller vehicles.
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MS Polarfront was a Norwegian weather ship located in the North Atlantic.
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A multihull is a ship, vessel, craft or boat with more than one hull.
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Musa Keita I (1280 – 1337) was the tenth Mansa, which translates as "King of Kings" or "Emperor", of the wealthy West African Mali Empire.
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A museum ship, or sometimes memorial ship, is a ship that has been preserved and converted into a museum open to the public, for educational or memorial purposes.
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Erika was the name of a tanker built in 1975 and last chartered by Total-Fina-Elf.
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Myocardial infarction (MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when blood flow stops to a part of the heart causing damage to the heart muscle.
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Myrrh from the Hebrew '"מור"' ("mor") and Arabic مر (mur) is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora, which is an essential oil termed an oleoresin.
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is both a combat support agency, under the United States Department of Defense, and an intelligence agency of the United States Intelligence Community, with the primary mission of collecting, analyzing, and distributing geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security.
Naval architecture also known as naval engineering, is an engineering discipline dealing with the engineering design process, shipbuilding, maintenance, and operation of marine vessels and structures.
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Naval warfare is combat in and on seas, oceans, or any other major bodies of water such as large lakes and wide rivers.
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A navigator is the person on board a ship or aircraft responsible for its navigation.
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A navy or maritime force is a fleet of waterborne military vessels (watercraft) and its associated naval aviation, both sea-based and land-based.
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A Navy List or Naval Register is an official list of naval officers, their ranks and seniority, the ships which they command or to which they are appointed, etc., that is published by the government or naval authorities of a country.
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Neoplasm (from Ancient Greek νέος- neo "new" and πλάσμα plasma "formation, creation") is an abnormal growth of tissue, and when also forming a mass is commonly referred to as a tumor or tumour.
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The Netherlands (Nederland) is the main "constituent country" (land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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New Zealand (Aotearoa) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
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The Niagara River is a river that flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
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The Nile (النيل, Eg. en-Nīl, Std. an-Nīl; ⲫⲓⲁⲣⲱ, P(h)iaro; Ancient Egyptian: Ḥ'pī and Iteru) is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world.
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North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere.
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NS Savannah was the first nuclear-powered merchant ship.
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Nubia is a region along the Nile river located in what is today northern Sudan and southern Egypt.
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Nuclear marine propulsion is propulsion of a ship with power provided by a nuclear reactor.
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Nuclear navy, or nuclear-powered navy consists of naval ships powered by relatively small onboard nuclear reactors known as naval reactors.
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A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission (fission bomb) or a combination of fission and fusion (thermonuclear weapon).
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An ocean (the sea of classical antiquity) is a body of saline water that composes much of a planet's hydrosphere.
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An ocean liner is a ship designed to transport people from one seaport to another along regular long-distance maritime routes according to a schedule.
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Offshore drilling is a mechanical process where a wellbore is drilled below the seabed.
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An oil platform, offshore platform, or (colloquially) oil rig is a large structure with facilities to drill wells, to extract and process oil and natural gas, or to temporarily store product until it can be brought to shore for refining and marketing.
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The Oil Pollution Act (101 H.R.1465, P.L. 101-380) was passed by the 101st United States Congress, and signed by President George H. W. Bush, to mitigate and prevent civil liability from the future oil spills off the coast of the United States.
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An oil tanker, also known as a petroleum tanker, is a merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil.
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The Old Kingdom is the name given to the period in the 3rd millennium BC when Egypt attained its first continuous peak of civilization – the first of three so-called "Kingdom" periods, which mark the high points of civilization in the lower Nile Valley (the others being Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom).
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An outboard motor is a propulsion system for boats, consisting of a self-contained unit that includes engine, gearbox and propeller or jet drive, designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom.
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The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions.
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A paddle steamer is a steamship or riverboat powered by a steam engine that drives paddle wheels to propel the craft through the water.
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The Panama Canal (Canal de Panamá) is a ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean.
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Panamax and New Panamax are terms for the size limits for ships traveling through the Panama Canal.
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A passenger ship is a merchant ship whose primary function is to carry passengers.
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In biology, a pathogen (πάθος pathos “suffering, passion” and -γενής -genēs “producer of”) in the oldest and broadest sense is anything that can produce disease, a term which came into use in the 1880s.
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A patrol boat is a relatively small naval vessel generally designed for coastal defense duties.
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The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea or Periplus of the Red Sea (Περίπλους τῆς Ἐρυθράς Θαλάσσης, Periplus Maris Erythraei) is a Greco-Roman periplus, written in Greek, describing navigation and trading opportunities from Roman Egyptian ports like Berenice along the coast of the Red Sea, and others along Northeast Africa and the Sindh and South western India.
Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.
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The Peruvian anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) is a species of fish of the anchovy family, Engraulidae.
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The Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center, more commonly known as the Philadelphia Civic Center and the Philadelphia Convention Center, formerly known as Municipal Auditorium and the Philadelphia Convention Hall, located in Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, was a complex of five or more buildings developed out of a series of buildings dedicated to expanding trade which began with the National Export Exhibition in 1899.
Phoenicia (or; from the Φοινίκη,; فينيقية) was an ancient Semitic thalassocratic civilization situated on the western, coastal part of the Fertile Crescent and centered on the coastline of modern Lebanon.
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A pilot boat is a type of boat used to transport pilots between land and the inbound or outbound ships that they are piloting.
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Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea.
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A plank is timber that is flat, elongated, and rectangular with parallel faces that are higher and longer than wide.
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A Platform supply vessel (often abbreviated as PSV) is a ship specially designed to supply offshore oil platforms.
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A polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB; CAS number) is a synthetic organic chemical compound of chlorine attached to biphenyl, which is a molecule composed of two benzene rings.
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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs, also polyaromatic hydrocarbons) are hydrocarbons—organic compounds containing only carbon and hydrogen—that are composed of multiple aromatic rings (organic rings in which the electrons are delocalized).
Polynesia (UK:; US:, from πολύς "poly" many + νῆσος "nēsos" island) is a subregion of Oceania, made up of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean.
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A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land.
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Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa), is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe.
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"Praise of the Two Lands", appearing in an inscription (c. 2613 BCE) of boat building projects of Egyptian pharaoh Sneferu, is the first reference to a ship bearing a name.
The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the American continents, spanning the time of the original settlement in the Upper Paleolithic period to European colonization during the Early Modern period.
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Claims of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact relate to visits to, the discovery of or interaction with the Americas and/or indigenous peoples of the Americas by people from Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean in 1492.
The Prestige oil spill was an oil spill in Galicia caused by the sinking of an oil tanker in 2002.
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Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.
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A prison, correctional facility, penitentiary, gaol (Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales), or jail is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state as a form of punishment.
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A propeller is a type of fan that transmits power by converting rotational motion into thrust.
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Propulsion is a means of creating force leading to movement.
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A pump-jet, hydrojet, or water jet is a marine system that creates a jet of water for propulsion.
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A pusher, pusher craft, pusher boat, pusher tug, or towboat, is a boat designed for pushing barges or car floats.
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Pytheas of Massalia (Ancient Greek: Πυθέας ὁ Μασσαλιώτης; Latin: Massilia; fl. 4th century BC), was a Greek geographer and explorer from the Greek colony of Massalia (modern-day Marseille).
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Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods, by way of wheeled vehicles running on rails.
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Recycling is a process to convert waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production.
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The Red Sea, (also the Erythraean Sea), is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia.
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A replenishment oiler is a naval auxiliary ship with fuel tanks and dry cargo holds, which can conduct underway replenishment on the high seas.
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A republic (from res publica) is a form of government or country in which power resides in elected individuals representing the citizen body and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law.
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The Most Serene Republic of Genoa (Repubblica di Genova, Repúbrica de Zêna) was an independent state from 1005 to 1797 in Liguria on the northwestern Italian coast, incorporating Corsica from 1347 to 1768, and numerous other territories throughout the Mediterranean.
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The Republic of Venice (Repubblica di Venezia; Repùblica Vèneta), or traditionally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice, was a state originating from the lagoon communities in the area of Venice, now northeastern Italy.
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A research vessel (RV or R/V) is a ship or boat designed and/or equipped to carry out research at sea.
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The respiratory system (called also respiratory apparatus, ventilatory system) is a biological system consisting of specific organs and structures used for the process of respiration in an organism.
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A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river.
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A riverboat is a watercraft designed for inland navigation on lakes, rivers, and artificial waterways.
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Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter.
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The Roman Empire (Imperium Rōmānum; Ancient and Medieval Greek: Βασιλεία τῶν Ῥωμαίων Basileia tōn Rhōmaiōn) was the post-Republican period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by government headed by emperors and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia.
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A rotor ship, or Flettner ship, is a ship designed to use the Magnus effect for propulsion.
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Rowing is the act of propelling a boat using the motion of oars in the water.
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The Royal Navy (RN) is the United Kingdom's principal naval warfare force.
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A rudder is a primary control surface used to steer a ship, boat, submarine, hovercraft, aircraft, or other conveyance that moves through a fluid medium (generally air or water).
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A rule of thumb is a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation.
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Russia (Ru-Россия.ogg), also officially known as the Russian Federation (a), is a country in northern Eurasia.
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Saginaw is a city in the State of Michigan and the seat of Saginaw County.
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A sail is a catchment device designed to receive and redirect a force upon a generous surface area.
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A sail-plan is a set of drawings, usually prepared by a naval architect.
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A sailboat or sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails smaller than a sailing ship.
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Sailing is combined wind propulsion by means of sails and steering of a craft on water, ice or land.
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A modern sailing ship is any large wind-powered vessel.
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Sailing vessel can refer to.
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A Sailing Yacht (SY or S/Y) is a ship prefix used to identify a vessel that is privately owned and uses sails as its primary means of propulsion.
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A sailor, seaman, mariner, or seafarer is a person who navigates waterborne vessels or assists as a crewmember in their operation and maintenance.
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The Saint Lawrence Seaway (la Voie Maritime du Saint-Laurent) is the common name for a system of locks, canals and channels that permit ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, as far inland as the western end of Lake Superior.
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Salmon is the common name for several species of fish in the family Salmonidae.
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La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción (Spanish for: The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception), or La Santa María, was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage.
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A scow, in the original sense, is a flat-bottomed boat with a blunt bow, often used to haul bulk freight; cf.
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Scrap consists of recyclable materials left over from product manufacturing and consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies, and surplus materials.
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Scuttling is the act of deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water to flow into the hull.
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A sea is a large body of salt water that is surrounded in whole or in part by land.
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A sea captain (also called a captain or a master or a shipmaster) is a licensed mariner in ultimate command of the vessel.
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The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean.
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Seabirds (also known as marine birds) are birds that have adapted to life within the marine environment.
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Sealift is a term used predominantly in military logistics and refers to the use of cargo ships for the deployment of military assets, such as weaponry, vehicles, military personnel, and supplies.
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Seawater, or salt water, is water from a sea or ocean.
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Sediment is a naturally occurring material that is broken down by processes of weathering and erosion, and is subsequently transported by the action of wind, water, or ice, and/or by the force of gravity acting on the particles.
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Seine fishing (or seine-haul fishing) is a method of fishing that employs a seine or dragnet.
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The is a period in Japanese history marked by social upheaval, political intrigue and near-constant military conflict Japanese historians named after the otherwise unrelated Warring States period.
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Ship breaking or ship demolition is a type of ship disposal involving the breaking up of ships for either a source of parts, which can be sold for re-use, or for the extraction of raw materials, chiefly scrap.
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A ship burial or boat grave is a burial in which a ship or boat is used either as a container for the dead and the grave goods, or as a part of the grave goods itself.
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A ship class is a group of ships of a similar design.
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A number of different methods exist for disposing of a ship after it has reached the end of its effective or economic service life with an organisation.
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A ship graveyard or ship cemetery is a location where the hulls of scrapped ships are left to decay and disintegrate, or left in reserve.
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Ship grounding is the impact of a ship on seabed or waterway side.
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Ship models or model ships are scale models of ships.
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A ship model basin is a physical basin or tank used to carry out hydrodynamic tests with ship models, for the purpose of designing a new (full sized) ship, or refining the design of a ship to improve the ship's performance at sea.
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A ship of the line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th through to the mid-19th century to take part in the naval tactic known as the line of battle, in which two columns of opposing warships would manoeuvre to bring the greatest weight of broadside firepower to bear.
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A ship replica is a reconstruction of a no longer existing ship.
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Ship stability is an area of naval architecture and ship design that deals with how a ship behaves at sea, both in still water and in waves, whether intact or damaged.
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Ship transport is watercraft carrying people (passengers) or goods (cargo).
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A ship's tender, usually referred to as a tender, is a boat, or a larger ship used to service or support other boats or ships, generally by transporting people and/or supplies to and from shore or another ship.
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A shipowner is the owner of a merchant vessel (commercial ship).
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Shipbuilding is the construction of ships and other floating vessels.
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A shipwreck is the remains of a ship that has wrecked, which are found either beached on land or sunken to the bottom of a body of water.
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Shipyards and dockyards are places where ships are repaired and built.
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The term shrimp is used to refer to some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary.
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The skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis, is a medium-sized perciform fish in the tuna family, Scombridae.
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Slate is an English-language online current affairs and culture magazine in the United States created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN.
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A Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull, better known by the acronym SWATH, is a twin-hull ship design that minimizes hull cross section area at the sea's surface.
Sneferu (also read Snefru or Snofru), well known under his Hellenized name Soris (by Manetho), was the founder of the 4th dynasty during the Old Kingdom.
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Somalia (Soomaaliya; الصومال), officially the Federal Republic of SomaliaThe Federal Republic of Somalia is the country's name per Article 1 of the.
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Somalis (Soomaali, صومال) are an ethnic group inhabiting the Horn of Africa (Somali Peninsula).
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Sonar (originally an acronym for SOund Navigation And Ranging) is a technique that uses sound propagation (usually underwater, as in submarine navigation) to navigate, communicate with or detect objects on or under the surface of the water, such as other vessels.
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The Soo Locks (sometimes spelled Sault Locks, but pronounced "soo") are a set of parallel locks which enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.
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A spacecraft is a vehicle, or machine designed to fly in outer space.
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The Spanish Armada (Grande y Felicísima Armada, literally "Great and Most Fortunate Navy") was a Spanish fleet of 130 ships that sailed from A Coruña in August 1588, under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia with the purpose of escorting an army from Flanders to invade England.
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A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food.
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Square rig is a generic type of sail and rigging arrangement in which the primary driving sails are carried on horizontal spars which are perpendicular, or square, to the keel of the vessel and to the masts.
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Squid are cephalopods of the order Teuthida, which comprises around 304 species.
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St. Marys Challenger in 2012 The SS St.
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Ship stabilizers are fins or rotors mounted beneath the waterline and emerging laterally.
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A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid.
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A steamboat is a boat in which the primary method of marine propulsion is steam power, typically driving propellers or paddlewheels.
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The stern is the back or aft-most part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter rail to the taffrail.
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A strap, sometimes also called strop, is an elongated flap or ribbon, usually of fabric or leather.
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A style guide is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization, or field.
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A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater.
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A submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is a ballistic missile capable of being launched from submarines.
The Suez Canal (قناة السويس) is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.
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Sultan (سلطان) is a noble title with several historical meanings.
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Surface combatants (or surface ships or surface vessels) are a subset of naval warships which are designed for warfare on the surface of the water, with their own weapons.
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A Surface Effect Ship (SES) or Sidewall Hovercraft is a watercraft that has both an air cushion, like a hovercraft, and twin hulls, like a catamaran.
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A survey vessel is any type of ship or boat that is used for mapping.
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An immersion suit, or survival suit (or more specifically an immersion survival suit) is a special type of waterproof dry suit that protects the wearer from hypothermia from immersion in cold water, after abandoning a sinking or capsized vessel, especially in the open ocean.
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Swahili culture is the culture of the Swahili people inhabiting the Swahili Coast.
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The Swahili people (or Waswahili) are an ethnic and cultural group inhabiting the African Great Lakes region.
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A swell, in the context of an ocean, sea or lake, is a series of mechanical waves that propagate along the interface between water and air and so they are often referred to as surface gravity waves.
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A tank container or tanktainer is an intermodal container for the transport of liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo.
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A tanker (or tank ship or tankship) is a merchant vessel designed to transport liquids or gases in bulk.
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Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region.
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A textile or cloth is a flexible woven material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres often referred to as thread or yarn.
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The Renaissance is a period in Europe, from the 14th to the 17th century, considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history.
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A tiller or till is a lever attached to a rudder post (American terminology) or rudder stock (English terminology) of a boat that provides leverage in the form of torque for the helmsman to turn the rudder.
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The ton is a unit of measure.
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Tonnage is a measure of the cargo-carrying capacity of a ship.
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The modern torpedo is a self-propelled weapon with an explosive warhead, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with its target or in proximity to it.
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A towpath is a road or trail on the bank of a river, canal, or other inland waterway.
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A toxin (from toxikon) is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms; synthetic toxicants created by artificial processes are thus excluded.
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Jack mackerels are marine fish in the Trachurus genus of the Carangidae family.
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A train ferry is a ship (ferry) designed to carry railway vehicles.
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In naval architecture, a transom is the surface that forms the stern of a vessel.
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Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats.
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In Chinese history, the treasure voyages were the seven Ming-era maritime voyages of the treasure fleet between 1405 and 1433.
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A trimaran is a multihull boat that comprises a main hull and two smaller outrigger hulls (or "floats") which are attached to the main hull with lateral beams.
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A trireme (derived from Latin: triremis "with three banks of oars;" τριήρης triērēs, literally "three-rower") was an ancient vessel and a type of galley that was used by the ancient maritime civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks and Romans.
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Trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water.
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A tropical cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain.
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A truck (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, called a lorry in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Indian Subcontinent) is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo.
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A tugboat (tug) is a boat that maneuvers vessels by pushing or towing them.
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The turbosail is a naval propulsion system based on an application of the Magnus effect.
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A two-stroke, or two-cycle, engine is a type of internal combustion engine which completes a power cycle with two strokes (up and down movements) of the piston during only one crankshaft revolution.
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The Uluburun Shipwreck is a Late Bronze Age shipwreck dated to the late 14th century BC, discovered close to the east shore of Uluburun (Grand Cape), and about 6 miles southeast of Kaş, in south-western Turkey.
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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign state in Europe.
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The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions.
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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology — commonly called Penn Museum — is an archaeology and anthropology museum that is part of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira, (c. 1460s – 23 December 1524) was a Portuguese explorer.
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The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance.
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Veneto or Venetia (– Venetia; Vèneto; more specifically Venezia Euganea) is one of the twenty regions of Italy.
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Vessel safety surveys are important during the life of a vessel for better safety and security.
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Vikings (Norwegian and Vikinger; Swedish and Vikingar; Víkingar), from Old Norse víkingr, were Germanic Norse seafarers, speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern and central Europe, as well as European Russia, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.
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Due to the importance of surface weather observations from the surface of the ocean, the voluntary observing ship program, known as VOS, was set up to train crews how to take weather observations while at sea and also to calibrate weather sensors used aboard ships when they arrive in port, such as barometers and thermometers.
A warship is a naval ship that is built and primarily intended for naval warfare.
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The term watercraft covers a range of different water-borne vehicles including ships, boats, hovercraft and submarines.
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The waterline is the line where the hull of a ship meets the surface of the water, in concept or reality.
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A wave power ship is a ship, propelled by fins harnessing the energy of the waves.
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Wave-making resistance is a form of drag that affects surface watercraft, such as boats and ships, and reflects the energy required to push the water out of the way of the hull.
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Waxes are a class of chemical compounds that are malleable near ambient temperatures.
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Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.
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Weather buoys are instruments which collect weather and ocean data within the world's oceans, as well as aid during emergency response to chemical spills, legal proceedings, and engineering design.
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A weather ship was a ship stationed in the ocean as a platform for surface and upper air meteorological observations for use in weather forecasting.
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The Welland Canal is a ship canal in Ontario, Canada, connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
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West Africa, also called Western Africa and the West of Africa, is the westernmost subcontinent of Africa.
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Western Europe is the region comprising the western part of Europe.
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A whaler or whaling ship is a specialized ship, designed for whaling, the catching and/or processing of whales.
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Wheat (Triticum spp.) is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East but now cultivated worldwide.
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Wilfred Harvey Schoff (1874–1932) was an early twentieth century American antiquarian and classical scholar.
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Wind is the flow of gases on a large scale.
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In fluid dynamics, wind waves, or wind-generated waves, are surface waves that occur on the free surface of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and canals or even on small puddles and ponds.
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A wingsail is a variable-camber aerodynamic structure that is fitted to a marine vessel in place of conventional sails.
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WordNet is a lexical database for the English language.
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Workers' compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for the tort of negligence.
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In demographics and general statistics, the term world population refers to the total number of living humans on Earth.
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A world war is a war involving some of the world's most powerful and populous countries.
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World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier.
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The yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) is a species of tuna found in pelagic waters of tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.
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Yemen (اليَمَن), officially known as the Republic of Yemen (الجمهورية اليمنية), is an Arab country in Southwest Asia, occupying the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.
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A Z-drive is a type of marine propulsion unit.
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Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa.
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Zeila (Saylac, زيلع), also known as Zaila, is a port city in the northwestern Awdal region of Somalia.
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Zheng He (1371–1433 or 1435), formerly romanized as Cheng Ho, was a Hui court eunuch, mariner, explorer, diplomat, and fleet admiral during China's early Ming dynasty.
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The Zhou dynasty was a Chinese dynasty that followed the Shang dynasty and preceded the Qin dynasty.
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Zooplankton are heterotrophic (sometimes detritivorous) plankton.
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The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BC to 2401 BC.
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The 30th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 3000 BC to 2901 BC.
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