The Country Life Book of Nautical Terms Under Sail by Peter C. Whitlock
Country Life Books, 1978 ISBN 9780600365860
An encyclopaedic illustrated guide to the language of the great sailing ships and the men aboard them, this excellent work reveals the origins of much modern Navy parlance. Hundreds of pages and thousands of illustrations include many evocative old photographs and reproductions of paintings. Its a browsers banquet. There are substantial sections on all aspects of knotting and cordage, masts, spars, sails and rigging, reeving and bousing, capstan, windlass and cables, slinging and cargo stowage. Chapters and paragraphs are clearly laid out with decimal numbering and there is a full, clear index.