When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, he included some nautical terms to describe to the audience what the character was portraying. In the spirit of the Everything Quests - The High Seas I decided to scour my copy of Romeo and Juliet and find all those obscure references. I found four:
First one: is Act 1, Scene 4, Line 119
Romeo: "But he that hath the steerage of my course
Direct my sail,…"
The Second: is Act 2. Scene 2, Line 87
Romeo: "I am no pilot; yet wert thou as far
As that vast shore washed with the farthest sea,
I should adventure for such merchandise."
The Third: Act 2, Scene 4, Line 165
Nurse: "Scurvy knave!"
The Fourth: Act 3, Scene 5, Line 136
Capulet: "Thou counterfeits a bark*, a sea, a wind.
For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,
Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark the body is,
Sailing in this salt flood; the wind thy sighs,
Who, raging with thy tears and they with them,
Without a sudden calm, will overset*."
*- Bark, a boat; overset, to capsize
Romeo and Juliet is a rich play full of more than just nautical references, there are also sacrilegious jokes and sexual puns thought the entire play, maybe when I have time I will node those references too, but at the moment I am trying to beat the Aug. 3, 2002 deadline for the Nautical Quest.