Some International Nautical Etymologies

By William Sayers, published November 2002


This article discusses the origin and semantic development of various nautical and maritime terms in the course of technological innovation and social intercourse along the European Atlantic seaboard, particularly in the medieval period. The selection focuses on terminology deriving from Old Norse, reflecting the substantial transfer of naval technology to Britain and Normandy.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Medieval | North Sea
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

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