A nautical mile is about 1.15 regular (statute) miles.
raised the nautical flag indicating that they had captured a marlin
My nautical senses told me we were somewhere off the coast of northern Florida,
Rick Riordan -- The Sea of Monsters
"This whole area’s a nautical graveyard.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The floor was yellow and white tile, and the booths were upholstered in nautical blue.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
Do you know how to read nautical flags?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
A nautical term, referring to his getting back out of the room, I suppose.
H.G. Wells -- The Invisible Man
In front is a leather rack, in which to keep your speaking trumpet, pipe, telescope, and other nautical conveniences.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
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The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a black canvas bag in his hand.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Thus the Genoese, subtle as he was, was duped by Edmond, in whose favor his mild demeanor, his nautical skill, and his admirable dissimulation, pleaded.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
The frigate’s interior accommodations complemented its nautical virtues.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
The boat had been painted dark blue at one point, but the hull was so crusted with tar and salt it looked like one massive nautical bruise.
Rick Riordan -- The Son of Neptune
There could be little doubt, for instance, that this very ship’s crew, though no unfavourable specimens of the nautical brotherhood, had been guilty, as we should phrase it, of depredations on the Spanish commerce, such as would have perilled all their necks in a modern court of justice.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
On the whole river there was nothing that looked half so nautical.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
’A nautical phenomenon, eh?’ laughed Steerforth.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
He sat hunched, bitterly smiling, as always, his muscles taut as old nautical ropes in a hurricane.
John Gardner -- Grendel
I looked into a small office, containing a flat-top desk with a telephone, a typewriter on its table, a bookcase with shelves of books and pamphlets, and a huge map of the world inscribed with ancient nautical signs and a heroic figure of Columbus to one side.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
I wasn’t sure whether he had a nautical past and was pining for it, or was hoping for one still ahead.
Sarah Dessen -- Lock and Key
The place is near the headwaters of the Timucuan, some twenty-two nautical miles, I should judge, up that tributary.
Pat Frank -- Alas, Babylon
You must excuse me if I occasionally introduce a nautical expression; I was quite a sailor once.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
Ashore in the garb of a civilian, scarce anyone would have taken him for a sailor, more especially that he never garnished unprofessional talk with nautical terms, and grave in his bearing, evinced little appreciation of mere humor.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
On our little walk along the quays, he made himself the most interesting companion, telling me about the different ships that we passed by, their rig, tonnage, and nationality, explaining the work that was going forward—how one was discharging, another taking in cargo, and a third making ready for sea—and every now and then telling me some little anecdote of ships or seamen or repeating a nautical phrase till I had learned it perfectly.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Treasure Island
Ship timbers, wind in the rigging, and then shouts of sailors calling obscure but inescapably nautical instructions from all directions, far and near: A short list: Hard a larboard!
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Driving up to see Susan Marie Heine, Art muddled out his words in silence, revising as he went and planning his demeanor, which ought, he decided, to have a vaguely military architecture with certain nautical decorative touches—to report a man’s death at sea to his widow was a task done gravely but with tragic stoicism for centuries on end, he figured.
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
We had not got far from the shore, when I perceived that a current from the river set in directly for the vessel, and though my nautical knowledge was not great, I succeeded in steering the boat into the favourable stream, which carried us nearly three-fourths of our passage with little or no trouble to ourselves; then, by dint of hard pulling, we accomplished the whole distance, and, entering through the breach, gladly made fast our boat and stepped on board.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
He asked him if he could find a specific spot sixteen nautical miles to the northwest of the largest island in the Sotavento Archipelago, and Euclides told him yes.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
Round the side of the Evening Telegraph he just caught a fleeting glimpse of her face round the side of the door with a kind of demented glassy grin showing that she was not exactly all there, viewing with evident amusement the group of gazers round skipper Murphy’s nautical chest and then there was no more of her.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
He was responsible for an area forty nautical miles across, and his sector overlapped the ones east and west so that, theoretically, three operators were constantly monitoring any segment of the barrier.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
A white mast, fitted up with spars and other nautical tackle, could be seen rising against the dark clouds whenever the flames played brightly enough to reach it.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
There were nautical charts and sextants, rare shells, and immaculate small models of every ship on which Commerce had served during his life on the shipping lanes.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
While the third syllable is in preparation, the band begins a nautical medley—"All in the Downs,"
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
…design, on which he bestowed the appellation of a four-wheeled phaeton, Nicholas proceeded on his journey next morning with greater ease than he had expected: the manager and himself occupying the front seat: and the Master Crummleses and Smike being packed together behind, in company with a wicker basket defended from wet by a stout oilskin, in which were the broad-swords, pistols, pigtails, nautical costumes, and other professional necessaries of the aforesaid young gentlemen.
Charles Dickens -- Nicholas Nickleby
As far as the nautical and other instruments were concerned, nothing was wanting.
Jules Verne -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth
The nautical miles just flew past.
Terry Pratchett -- Nation
The talk had been entirely nautical.
Margaret Craven -- I Heard the Owl Call My Name
Machinery hummed as the aerial blades that were still working changed to nautical form.
Rick Riordan -- The Mark of Athena
Snapped wood, frayed rope, and tattered sails had been left in their wake, a trail of nautical carnage.
Henry H. Neff -- The Second Siege
His eyes were scarcely open, however, when his nautical instinct told him that the cutter was under way.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Pathfinder
It was nautical in theme, and the navy curtains provided a nice contrast to the wooden end tables and dresser.
Nicholas Sparks -- True Believer
And then there was the time where we were taken out in boats and dropped off seven nautical miles from the beach.
Chris Kyle -- American Sniper
He led me to his quarters, which were extraordinarily messy, being strewn with many old books, charts, maps, and pieces of nautical equipment.
Roger Zelazny -- Nine Princes in Amber
Several of them include medium range ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead for a distance of more than 1,000 nautical miles.
John F. Kennedy -- Cuban Missle Crisis Speech
The face of the presiding magistrate, clean shaved and impassible, looked at him deadly pale between the red faces of the two nautical assessors.
Joseph Conrad -- Lord Jim
A Greenwich nautical almanac he has, and so being sure of the information when he wants it, the man in the street does not know a star in the sky.
Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Selected Essays
"It does very well, it seems, though I am not versed in things nautical," she said, nodding her head with grave approval at my steering contrivance.
Jack London -- Sea Wolf
Vic and Fisheye sit down in the main cabin belowdecks, eating, going through Chinese magazines, looking at pictures of Asian chicks, and occasionally looking at nautical charts.
Neal Stephenson -- Snow Crash
After a few minutes, he came to a large page of parchment with a heading that translated roughly to "Paralon," along with extensive annotations that included nautical instructions.
James A. Owen -- Here, There be Dragons
Various nautical terms peculiar to America, or taken into English from American sources, came in during the eighteenth century, among them, /schooner/, /cat-boat/ and /pungy/, not to recall /batteau/ and /canoe/.