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MS - Motor Ship

MTS - Motor Turbine Ship

MV - Motor Vessel

TSS - Turbine Steamship

SS - Steamship

USS - United States Ship

HMS - Her Majesty's Ship (England)

RMS - Royal Mail Ship (England)

The bow

the front of the ship (pointy bit)

The stern  the rear of a ship (ass end)

Starboard This is the right hand side of the ship if someone is facing forward towards the bow

Port

This is the left hand side of the ship if someone is facing forward towards the bow  

Abbreviations

Stranded

vessels that had drifted or run aground on a strand or beach.

Anchors Aweigh

The anchor has broken ground.

Down the hatch

Here's a drinking expression that seems to have its origins in sea freight, where cargoes are lowered into the hatch. First used by seamen, it has only been traced back to the turn of the century.

Clean Bill of Health

This widely used term has its origins in the document issued to a ship showing that the port it sailed from suffered from no epidemic or infection at the time of departure.

As the Crow Flies

When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would

release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight towards the nearest

land thus giving the vessel some sort of a navigational fix. The tallest

lookout platform on a ship came to be know as the crow's nest

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