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Have you ever wondered how sailors measure their ships speed, tie knots, or use flags to signal between two ships?
Nautical Commentary
Ieuan Dolby Series
Series of stories written by Ieuan Dolby in while out in the limitless ocean.

Nautical Codes
Flags. Semaphore, Radio Speak, and Morse Code Brief Guide
A one page quick guide to semaphore, morse code, radio speak and the flags found on most ships.

International Code Flags or Signaling Flags
International code flags are used to signal between two ships or between ship and shore. Also called signaling flags, they are a set of flags of different colors, shapes and markings which used singly or in combination have different meanings.

Nautical Safety & Tips
A Scrape in the Dark
It is a horrible feeling to wake up at 3:00 am after spending the day on the water and finding a perfect anchoring spot, only to realize that the winds have picked up just a little bit and dragged your boat against another nearby boat, or worse, into the middle of a shipping lane, or onto rocks. Described here are some of the common causes of this problem, and some descriptions of how to avoid them.

Nautical Lighting
An interesting article concerning a discussion of nautical lighting and boat safety

Misc. Facts & Information
A Modern Breakdown (Song)
Nautical Song about fixing a ship that would not move entitled "A Modern Breakdown"

Frequently Asked Questions: Oceanography & Icebergs
How do the Labrador and Gulf Stream currents affect icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean? What kind of oceanographic buoys does IIP have and how are they used? Does El Nino affect the number of icebergs that enter IIP's operation area?

How do sea navigators measure their ships speed?
Read here to find out.....

Glossary of Nautical Terms
A - Z Glossary of common terms used in the 19th Century and are still used today.

Nautical Units and Angles
Have you forgotten how many feet are in a fathom? Read here to find out...

Grog's Animated Knots
Knot-Tying for Boating, Climbing, Fishing, Scouting, and Arborists in easy step by step animations. Very well done and highly recommended.

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