A La Entrada – An expedition or journey into unexplored territory, or, in Spanish it means Entrance.
Almeria – A city of southeast Spain on the Gulf of Almería, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea.
Aloha – Hawaiian word used when greeting or parting from someone.
Aquarius – The Water Bearer, a zodiacal constellation – A good person who doesn’t judge.
Aruba – An island in the Netherlands Antilles, in the West Indies.
Atascadera – Atascadero in Spanish means stumbling-block.
Barataria – A bay in The Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana (See Laffite).
Beaufort – An empirical measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or on land.
Binnacle – A built-in housing for a ship’s compass.
Blackbeard – Nickname of Edward Thatch who was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies.
Bonasse – Easy-going and simple-minded.
Bounty – A British naval ship commanded by Captain William Bligh, which was on a scientific voyage in 1789 between Tahiti and the West Indies when her crew mutinied.
Bowsprit – A spar, extending forward from the stem of a ship, to which the stays of the foremast are fastened.
Brigantine – A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail, often with square main topsails.
Broomsedge – Broom sedge: any of several grasses of the genus Andropogon.
Bullion – Gold or silver considered in mass rather than in value.
Cabana – A cabin, hut, or shelter, especially one at a beach or swimming pool.
Cabo Blanco – It’s a fishing village in northwestern Peru, or in Spanish, “White Terminal.”
Camino De Oro – In Spanish, meaning “Path to Gold.”
Camino De Plata – In Spanish, meaning “Path to Silver.”
Canadian Mist – A brand of Blended Canadian whisky produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation.
Capstan – A revolving cylinder with a vertical axis used for winding a rope or cable, powered by a motor or pushed around by levers.
Captain Kidd – 1645(ish)–1701, he was a Scottish navigator and privateer who was hanged for piracy.
Caravel – A small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of the 15th–17th centuries.
Carlos Fifth – Carlos THE Fifth is the name of a creepy looking candy bar from Mexico, what you call someone that does something in a stupid manner.
Cartagena – A seaport in SE Spain.
Catamaran – A yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel.
Cayo Cantiles – Cayo, in Taíno meaning “small island,” Cantiles in Spanish meaning “cliff.”
Cayo Gorda Ct – Cayo, in Taíno meaning “small island,” Gorda in Spanish meaning “fat.”
Cobo De Bara – Cobo, meaning “sea snail” and Bara in Hebrew means “heaven and earth.”
Commodores – A naval officer of high rank, in particular an officer in the US Navy or Coast Guard ranking above captain and below rear admiral.
Coquina Bay – A soft limestone of broken shells, used in road-making in the Caribbean and Florida.
Cozumel – In Mexico, the name was given to it by the Spaniards; however its origin is derived from the words Cuzam (meaning Swallow) and Lumil (meaning land of).
Crossjack – The lowermost square sail set on the mizzenmast of a ship or of a bark with four or more masts.
Cruiser – A relatively fast warship larger than a destroyer and less heavily armed than a battleship.
Cumana – A city in NE Venezuela founded in 1523 that is the oldest European settlement in South America.
Cutlass – A short sword with a slightly curved blade, formerly used by sailors.
Cuttysark – It is a British clipper ship built on the River Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line and was one of the last tea clippers to be built.
Dasmarinas – It is the largest city in the province of Cavite, Philippines. In the 19th century during the Spanish Colonial Period, Dasmariñas was originally called Tampus meaning “end of the forest.”
Dorsal – Relating to the upper side or back of an animal, plant, or organ. Fin – an unpaired fin on the back of a fish or whale.
Doubloon – A Spanish gold coin.
Dragonet – A marine fish that often lies partly buried in the seabed; the male is brightly colored.
Ducat – A gold coin formerly current in most European countries.
Dyna – Simply defined as “power.”
Eaglesnest – The nest of a bird built high up on a cliff or on the top of a mountain OR a room or building built high up so that people inside can see things happening below them.
El Soccorro – It’s a Portuguese-Spanish noun meaning “help” or “relief.”
Emerald – A bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl.
Encantada – In Spanish, means “delighted” as in “pleased to meet you.”
Escapade – An act or incident involving excitement, daring, or adventure.
Finistere – Element which has reached the limits of its expansion.
Flintlock – An old-fashioned type of gun fired by a spark from a flint.
Forestay – A stay leading forward and down to support a ship’s foremast.
Fortuna Bay – Fortuna was the goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion and was represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent life’s capriciousness.
Grenadine – A thin fabric of leno weave in silk, nylon, rayon, or wool. Presently, a syrup made from pomegranate juice.
Gun Cay – Where the Lighthouse is located less than 10 miles south of Bimini.
Gunwale – The upper edge of the side of a boat or ship.
Gypsy – A nomadic or free-spirited person.
Halyard – A rope used for raising and lowering a sail, spar, flag, or yard on a sailing ship.
Hawksnest – The nest of a bird of prey OR a house located high on a hill or mountain.
Highland Mist – A Blended Scotch Whisky.
Isabella – A wine made from the fox grape. Also, Queen Isabella of Castile whose marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain.
Isla Colon – Isla meaning Island in Spanish, Colon is a city of northern Panama at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.
Isla Pinta – Isla menaing Island in Spanish, Pinta was the fastest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first transatlantic voyage in 1492.
Jackfish – A pike or sauger, especially the northern pike.
Jacktar – It was a common English term used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy. By World War I the term was used as a nickname for those in the U.S. Navy.
Jibstay – In schooners, the stay to which jibs are hanked.
Jolly Roger – A pirate’s flag with a white skull and crossbones on a black background.
Keel – The longitudinal structure along the centerline at the bottom of a vessel’s hull, on which the rest of the hull is built, in some vessels extended downward as a blade or ridge to increase stability.
Key Largo – The largest island of the Florida Keys.
King Phillip – [War] (1675–77) the first large-scale military action in the American colonies, pitting various Indian tribes against New England colonists and their Indian allies.
La Blanquilla – (N) A very small coin, A Californian fish, A white grape.
Laffite – Pirate Jean Lafitte: he and his brothers smuggled goods to local merchants through the La Barataria (See Barataria) berth on the Louisiana coast in the early 1800s, after the Embargo Act of 1807 barred such trades. Barataria was far from the U.S. naval base, and ships could easily smuggle in goods without being noticed by customs officials. Later, legend has it, he came to our own Packery Channel, as, when pursued, Lafitte’s shallow draft boats could escape into the knee-deep Laguna Madre where larger boats could not follow. Folklore says that he buried treasure here, right near the Port A jetties, and marked it with a golden dagger.
Lafitte – See Laffite. Pirate Jean Lafitte and his elder brother, Pierre, spelled their last name Laffite, but English-language documents of the time used “Lafitte.”
Lanyard – A rope threaded through a pair of deadeyes, used to adjust the tension in the rigging of a sailing vessel.
Leeward – On or toward the side sheltered from the wind or toward which the wind is blowing; downwind (see opposite, Windward).
Longboat – A large boat that may be launched from a sailing ship.
Main Royal – [mast] Part of the mainmast situated immediately above, and generally formed as a single spar with, the main topgallantmast.
Man O War – An armed sailing ship.
Mingo Cay – An island of the United States Virgin Islands.
Mizzen – The mast aft of a ship’s mainmast.
Mutiny – An open rebellion against the proper authorities, especially by soldiers or sailors against their officers.
Nemo – In Oromo it means “The Man,” but in Latin, the same word means “Nobody.”
Palmira – A city of western Colombia southwest of Bogotá where coffee and tobacco are grown.
Palo Seco – In Spanish means “without anything else.”
Peseta – The basic monetary unit of Spain (until replaced by the euro).
Pionciana – A tropical tree with showy red or red and yellow flowers.
Playa Del Rey – Spanish for “Beach of the King.”
Port Royal – It is a city located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of the Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica founded in 1518.
Portillo – It literally means “small port” from Latin portus.
Ports O Call – An intermediate port where ships customarily stop for supplies, repairs, or transshipment of cargo.
Primavera – The hard, light-colored timber of a Central American tree.
Punta Bonaire – In Spanish, Punta: point, Bonaire: an island in the E Netherlands Antilles.
Punta Espada – In Spanish, Punta: point, Espada: sword.
Quarterdeck – The part of a ship’s upper deck near the stern, traditionally reserved for officers.
Queen Johanna – She was Queen of Naples and Countess of Provence and Forcalquier from 1343 until her death. She also reigned as Princess of Achaea and claimed the crowns of Jerusalem and Sicily.
Reales – A unit of currency in Spain for several centuries after the mid-14th century.
Royal Fifth – An old royal tax that reserves to the monarch 20% of all precious metals and other commodities acquired by his subjects as war loot, found as treasure or extracted by mining.
Sabre – A heavy cavalry sword with a curved blade and a single cutting edge.
Salt Cay – The second largest of the Turks Islands.
San Felipe – A city in NE Venezuela, on the Orinoco River.
Skysail – A triangular sail set on a stay between the fore and main trucks of a racing schooner.
Tajamar – Spanish for the cutwater.
Tesoro – Spanish for the word treasure.
Three Fathoms Bank – Fathom: a unit of length in the old imperial and the U.S. customary systems, used especially for measuring the depth of water.
Topgallant – The section of a square-rigged sailing ship’s mast immediately above the topmast.
Topsail – A sail, or either of a pair of sails, set immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast.
Tortuga – Spanish for the animal Turtle.
Verdemar – Spanish for the color sea-green.
Vincent – From a Latin word meaning “conquering.”
Whitecap – A small wave with a foamy crest.
Windjammer – A merchant sailing ship.
Windward – The side or direction from which the wind is blowing.
Yardarm – The outer extremity of a ship’s yard.