hambone, hammock, hands, handsomely, haul the wind, hawse, howse-holes, hawser, heave, heave to, etc...

Weather a ship, headland

is to sail to windward of it. The weathergage implies the situation of one ship to windward of another when in action, &c.

Port the helm

the order to put the helm over to the larboard side of the ship. Used instead of larboard, on account of the amity of sound between the latter word and starboard.

Heave to

synonymous with bring to. Heaving to an anchor, is when all the cable is taken in until the ship is directly over her anchor, preparatory to its being weighed out of the ground.


is generally understood to imply the situation of the cables before the ship's stem, when she is moored with two anchors out from the bows viz., one on the starboard, and the other on the larboard bow. It also denotes any small distance ahead of a ship, or between her head and the anchors by which she rides.