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Either true bearing, using the geographical or true north, or magnetic bearing, using magnetic north.Accommodation Ladder - A portable flight of steps down a ship's side.In the Royal Navy UK the Board of Admiralty, executing the office of the Lord High Admiral, promulgates Naval law in the form of Queen's (or King's) Regulations and Admiralty Instructions.Admiralty Law - Body of law that deals with maritime cases.Aboard - On or in a vessel Absentee Pennant - Special naval pennant flown to indicate absence of commanding officer, admiral, his chief of staff, or officer whose flag is flying (division, squadron, or flotilla commander).Absolute Bearing - The bearing of an object in relation to north.Anchor Rode - The anchor line, rope or cable connecting the anchor chain to the vessel.Anchor Sentinel - A separate weight on a separate line which is loosely attached to the anchor rode so that it can slide down it easily.

Abeam - On the beam, a relative bearing at right angles to the centerline of the ship's keel.

Adrift - Afloat and unattached in any way to the shore or seafloor, but not under way.

It implies that a vessel is not under control and therefore goes where the wind and current take her, loose from moorings, or out of place.

Arc of Visibility - The portion of the horizon over which a lighted aid to navigation is visible from seaward. Astern - towards the stern (rear) of a vessel, behind a vessel.

Archboard - The plank along the stern where the name of the ship is commonly painted. Asylum Harbour - A harbour used to provide shelter from a storm.

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