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JACK LINE - A strong line, or a wire stay running fore and aft along the sides of a boat to which a safety harness can be attached.

 

JACK NASTYFACE - Nickname for an unpopular seaman. Originally, nom de plume of a seaman who wrote a pamphlet about conditions in Royal Navy in early years of 19th century.

 

JACOBS LADDER - A rope ladder, lowered from the deck, as when pilots or passengers come aboard.

 

JERQUE - Search of a vessel, by Customs authorities, for un-entered goods.

 

JETSAM - Goods that have been cast out of a ship and have sunk

 

JETTISON - To throw overboard.

 

JETTY - A structure, usually masonry, projecting out from the shore; a jetty may protect a harbor entrance.

 

JIB A triangular foresail in front of the foremast.

 

JIB SHEET - The lines that lead from the clew of the jib.

 

JIBBOOM - Spar forward of bowsprit

 

JIBE (GYBE) - To go from one tack to the other when running with the wind coming over the stern

 

JIFFY REEFING - Reducing sail by lowering and securing with lines.

 

JIGGER - Aft sail on the mizzen mast of a yawl or a ketch. After mast  (4th mast) on schooner or sailing ship carrying a spanker.

 

JIMMY BUNGS - Nickname for a ship's cooper.

 

JIMMY THE ONE - First lieutenant or executive officer

 

JONES, JOHN PAUL S - (Scot.-born) naval officer & hero in American Revolution; as captain of ship

 

JUNK - Native sailing vessel common to the Far East Seas

 

JURY RIG A makeshift rig