Saturday, July 19, 2008

Beat as a nautical term

The Lachlan & Elizabeth Macquarie Archive (LEMA) Project is an electronic gateway aimed at providing a new context for the historical investigation of the lives and times of Lachlan Macquarie (1761-1824), and his second wife, Elizabeth Campbell (of Airds) (1778-1835).

Nautical Terms

A select list of nautical and historical terms as applicable to late C18th and early C19th usage.

Our word of the week, beat appears in the glossary on the above site as follows:

Beat (or beat up): (of a ship) to work to windward by successive tacks; to proceed obliquely tro windward with the wind first on one side and then on the other.

No comments: