Glossary of Terms

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Starboard - The right hand side of the ship if you are facing forward on the ship.

Port - The left hand side of the ship if you are facing forward on the ship.

1 Bell, 2 Bells, etc.

No. of Bells

Hour (AM or PM)

1

12:30

4:30

8:30

2

1:00

5:00

9:00

3

1:30

5:30

9:30

4

2:00

6:00

10:00

5

2:30

6:30

10:30

6

3:00

7:00

11:00

7

3:30

7:30

11:30

8

4:00

8:00

12:00

Ranks and Offices:

In the Navy, officers of the same rank (e.g., Lieutenant) were ranked by the date they were awarded the rank and, even within the same day, an ordering was indicated

Please see this excellent description of the Naval ranks and the history of US Naval uniforms and insignia. See the insignia of the USN officers in the Civil War. Note that

Ships

Ordnance:

Instant: The current month, so "the 5th instant" is "the 5th of this month"

Dry dock:


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