Light-hearted item explains the meaning of several naval terms on a ship at sea.
Titles read: "NAVAL TERMS ILLUSTRATED".
Somewhere out at sea.
Various shots explain the meaning of several naval terms with the help of British sailors on a ship at sea. A number of sailors rush onto the top deck to illustrate 'All hands on deck', then they all put their hands on the deck to show what the term doesn't mean.
M/S of the anchor being raised is what 'weighing the anchor' means. A sailor pretends to really weigh the anchor with weights on deck. C/U of a sailor blowing a Bosun's Pipe, not to be confused with "the foul-smelling thing smoked by the Bosun", as we see a bearded sailor smoking a pipe.
A sailor lazes in the sun on deck. This is not the 'Lazy Leadsman'; we see the real Lazy Leadsman at work, assisting the leadsman who takes soundings of the depth of water. 'Plotting a course' does not mean a sailor selecting food from a menu, but working out the ship's course on a chart.
Finally we are told that when a sailor refers to 'astern' he means 'backwards', not "a stern of this sort" - as we see a C/U of a sailor's bottom!