A banner and seal for the Georgia Trustees, above a ship

Georgia Trustees Seal

A banner and seal for the Georgia Trustees, above a ship

A gimbals is a contrivance designed to keep a marine compass, chronometer, lamp, or other instrument in the horizontal position on board ship, notwithstanding the rolling and pitching of the vessel. The instrument is suspended in the diametral axis of a ring, which is again suspended in the diametral axis of another ring, the two axes being at right angles to one another.

This illustration shows a diagram of a gimbals, showing the angle of the ship (A), the perpendicular axes of the rings, and the compass suspended horizontally in the gimbals (B).

Gimbals (Diagram)

A gimbals is a contrivance designed to keep a marine compass, chronometer, lamp, or other instrument…

A gimbals is a contrivance designed to keep a marine compass, chronometer, lamp, or other instrument in the horizontal position on board ship, notwithstanding the rolling and pitching of the vessel. The instrument is suspended in the diametral axis of a ring, which is again suspended in the diametral axis of another ring, the two axes being at right angles to one another.
This illustration shows a gimbal joint.

Gimbals (Joint)

A gimbals is a contrivance designed to keep a marine compass, chronometer, lamp, or other instrument…

"Glut. Naut.: (b) A becket or thimble fixed on the after side of a topsail or course, near the head, to which the bunt-jigger is hooked to assist in furling the sail." -Whitney, 1911

Glut

"Glut. Naut.: (b) A becket or thimble fixed on the after side of a topsail or course, near the head,…

"Remains of the Viking ships of Gokstad, after its removal from the mound where it was found."—Gordy, 1912

Remains of the Viking Ship Gokstad

"Remains of the Viking ships of Gokstad, after its removal from the mound where it was found."—Gordy,…

"Gooseneck of a Spanker-boom. Nautical: (a) A sort of iron hook fitted to the inner end of a yard or boom, for temporary attachment to a clamp of iron or an eye-bolt." -Whitney, 1911

Gooseneck of Spanker-Boom

"Gooseneck of a Spanker-boom. Nautical: (a) A sort of iron hook fitted to the inner end of a yard or…

"Grapnel. A boat's anchor having from three to six flukes placed at equal distances about the end of the shank. Also grapline." -Whitney, 1911

Grapnel

"Grapnel. A boat's anchor having from three to six flukes placed at equal distances about the end of…

"Lyle-Emery Grapple-shot, closed. GRAPPLE-SHOT. A shot attached to a cable, used on the sea-coast in the life-saving service. It is fired across a ship, and is caught in the rigging by flukes which spread out when the cable is pulled." -Whitney, 1911

Closed Grapple Shot

"Lyle-Emery Grapple-shot, closed. GRAPPLE-SHOT. A shot attached to a cable, used on the sea-coast in…

"Lyle-Emery Grapple-shot, open. GRAPPLE-SHOT. A shot attached to a cable, used on the sea-coast in the life-saving service. It is fired across a ship, and is caught in the rigging by flukes which spread out when the cable is pulled." -Whitney, 1911

Open Grapple Shot

"Lyle-Emery Grapple-shot, open. GRAPPLE-SHOT. A shot attached to a cable, used on the sea-coast in the…

An illustration of a group of adults and children standing in front of a wind powered ship.

Group Standing in Front of Ship

An illustration of a group of adults and children standing in front of a wind powered ship.

Gulliver brings in the drifting boat.

Gulliver

Gulliver brings in the drifting boat.

Gulliver takes the enemy's fleet, the Blefuscudians, and victoriously drags them into the royal port of Lilliput crying, "Long live the most puissant Emperor Lilliput!"

Gulliver in Victory

Gulliver takes the enemy's fleet, the Blefuscudians, and victoriously drags them into the royal port…

The gunboats used in 1807 were wind-powered ships.

Gunboats in 1807

The gunboats used in 1807 were wind-powered ships.

Henry Hudson's ship "Half Moon" on the Hudson River in New York.

Half Moon

Henry Hudson's ship "Half Moon" on the Hudson River in New York.

Henry Hudon's vessel the <em>Halve Maen</em> or Half Moon in the Hudson River when it was first discovered.

The Half Moon in the Hudson

Henry Hudon's vessel the Halve Maen or Half Moon in the Hudson River when it was first discovered.

<p>A full page (8.5 x 11 inches) Columbus Day illustration of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria at full sail on their voyage to the new world.</p>

<p>Illustrated by James Basom Seaman II</p>

Happy Columbus Day (full page)

A full page (8.5 x 11 inches) Columbus Day illustration of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria at full…

Sailboats docked at a harbor.

Harbor

Sailboats docked at a harbor.

USS <em>Hartford</em>, a sloop-of-war, was the first ship of the United States Navy named for Hartford, the capital of Connecticut.

The Hartford

USS Hartford, a sloop-of-war, was the first ship of the United States Navy named for Hartford,…

The <em>Hartoford</em> departed the Delaware Capes 28 January, 1862 as flagship of Flag Officer David G. Farragut, the commander of the newly created West Gulf Blockading Squadron.

The Hartford, Farragut's Flagship

The Hartoford departed the Delaware Capes 28 January, 1862 as flagship of Flag Officer David…

An advertisement taking from the New York <em>Evening Post</em> of June 1813, with a copy of a picture of the first Hudson River steamboat.

Hudson River Steamboats

An advertisement taking from the New York Evening Post of June 1813, with a copy of a picture…

An illustration showing Henry Hudson's ship exploring the river which now bears his name.

Hudson's Exploration

An illustration showing Henry Hudson's ship exploring the river which now bears his name.

The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help construct ships with its sheers (masts).

Sheer Hulk

The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help…

The English Royal Navy would impress American sailors, kidnapping them to force them to serve in the military.

Impressment of American Sailors

The English Royal Navy would impress American sailors, kidnapping them to force them to serve in the…

One of the prisons used by the British at New York during the American Revolutionary War.

The Jersey Prison Ship

One of the prisons used by the British at New York during the American Revolutionary War.

&quot;Monkey reefed, said of a sail when the yard is on the cap and the reef-tackles are hauled out.&quot; -Whitney, 1911

Monkey Reef Jib

"Monkey reefed, said of a sail when the yard is on the cap and the reef-tackles are hauled out."…

&quot;Spanish reef, a derisive term for a jib having a knot tied in its head, or for one of the square-sails whose yard has been lowered and left on the cap.&quot; -Whitney, 1911

Spanish Reef Jib

"Spanish reef, a derisive term for a jib having a knot tied in its head, or for one of the square-sails…

John Paul Jones raising the first flag ever displayed on a United States ship-of-war.

Jones Raising the First Flag Ever Displayed on a U.S. Ship

John Paul Jones raising the first flag ever displayed on a United States ship-of-war.

The sinking of the Alabama by the Union Kearsarge. Some Confederates aboard the Alabama escaped to England aboard the nearby British yacht Deerhound.

Kearsarge Sinking the Alabama

The sinking of the Alabama by the Union Kearsarge. Some Confederates aboard the Alabama escaped to England…

British ships firing on kegs thought to be full of gunpowder.

The Battle of the Kegs

British ships firing on kegs thought to be full of gunpowder.

The Carmania was a ship built in 1905 built in Britain by John Brown & Company. She was designed by Leonard Peskett. She was used during World War I as a armed merchant vessel. She was later scraped in 1932

Ocean Liner

The Carmania was a ship built in 1905 built in Britain by John Brown & Company. She was designed by…

"The lock C is a controllable compartment with raise-able and lower-able gates D and E. Since water always finds its level, by raising and lowering the gates, two separate water levels can be maintained and still provide water transportation through the lock." &mdash;Quackenbos 1859

Locks

"The lock C is a controllable compartment with raise-able and lower-able gates D and E. Since water…

Magellan's ship that sailed around the world.

Magellan

Magellan's ship that sailed around the world.

Spanish seaport.

Malaga Harbor

Spanish seaport.

A scene from the book The Young Wrecker, showing the hero Fred Ransom as he "plunged into the arms of a man at the helm." -Bache, 1865

A Man and a Boat on a Ship

A scene from the book The Young Wrecker, showing the hero Fred Ransom as he "plunged into the arms of…

An illustration of a man and woman walking on the deck of a ship.

Man and Woman Walking on Deck

An illustration of a man and woman walking on the deck of a ship.

A medal engraved with the head of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, with his name in the inscription.  On the other side is the image of a galley with many oars. The prow has a standard with flags flying and a captain standing at the helm, directing the vessel.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A medal engraved with the head of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, with his name in the inscription. On the…

The U.S. Sloop of War <em>Marion</em>.

Marion

The U.S. Sloop of War Marion.

An illustration of a mast with a spencer-mast attachment.

Mast with Spencer-Mast Attachment

An illustration of a mast with a spencer-mast attachment.

The Mayflower is the ship that the Pilgrims sailed on from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Mayflower

The Mayflower is the ship that the Pilgrims sailed on from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The ship that transported the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, which would later become the Plymouth Colony.

The Mayflower

The ship that transported the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, which would…

One of the ships used to transport the English Separatists to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Mayflower

One of the ships used to transport the English Separatists to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

"Medal struck in honour of James Duke of York. By Thomas Simon." &mdash;D'Anvers, 1895

Medal

"Medal struck in honour of James Duke of York. By Thomas Simon." —D'Anvers, 1895

Men on a ship cutting open a shark to find things that have fallen overboard.

Men Cutting a Shark Open

Men on a ship cutting open a shark to find things that have fallen overboard.

Menendez de Aviles's expedition on its way to the New World.

Menendez's Expedition to the New World

Menendez de Aviles's expedition on its way to the New World.

Men carrying cargo from ships at the Merchant Marine.

Merchant Marine

Men carrying cargo from ships at the Merchant Marine.

The Mississippi at Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Mississippi at Port Hudson

The Mississippi at Port Hudson, Louisiana.

The Battle of Mobile Bay was a naval battle fought on August 5, 1864, during the American Civil War.

Opening of the Battle of Mobile Bay

The Battle of Mobile Bay was a naval battle fought on August 5, 1864, during the American Civil War.

The Siege of Fort Morgan occurred during the American Civil War as part of the battle for Mobile Bay in 1864.

Capture of Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay

The Siege of Fort Morgan occurred during the American Civil War as part of the battle for Mobile Bay…

USS <em>Monitor</em> was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy. <em>Monitor</em> consisted of a heavy round revolving iron gun turret on the deck, housing two 11 inch Dahlgren guns, paired side by side.

Interior of the Monitor's Turret

USS Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy. Monitor

Napoleon embarking on the "Bellerophon."

Napoleon Embarking on the Bellerophon

Napoleon embarking on the "Bellerophon."

The Nautical School Ship at St. Mary's.

Nautical School

The Nautical School Ship at St. Mary's.

Three ships engaged in a naval battle.

Naval Battle

Three ships engaged in a naval battle.

A ship of the American Navy in the late 18th century.

Naval Ship

A ship of the American Navy in the late 18th century.

A Greek ship.

Navis

A Greek ship.

The coat of arms for New Brunswick, a province of Canada.

New Brunswick Coat of Arms

The coat of arms for New Brunswick, a province of Canada.

The Great Seal of the State of New Hampshire, 1784. The seal depicts a ship on stocks with a sunrise in the background.

Seal of New Hampshire

The Great Seal of the State of New Hampshire, 1784. The seal depicts a ship on stocks with a sunrise…

A drawing of the discovery of the New World.

The New World

A drawing of the discovery of the New World.

The New York Harbor in colonial days.

New York Harbor in Colonial Days

The New York Harbor in colonial days.

An East Indiaman, the "Newcastle."

Newcastle

An East Indiaman, the "Newcastle."

<p>A simple color illustration of Christopher Columbus' ships at sea.</p>

<p>Illustrated by James Basom Seaman II</p>

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria

A simple color illustration of Christopher Columbus' ships at sea. Illustrated by James Basom Seaman…