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Marine Glossary Terms

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Oakum : Loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes. When impregnated with tar it was used to caulk seams and pack joints in wooden ship

Oar : A pole used to propel or steer a boat

Oarsman : A person who rows a boat

Outhaul : Places backward tension on the clew of the mainsail. Flattens the lower one-third of the mainsail