Thank God for Brian Berlin! In agreement or harmony with A Bill of Lading was signed by the ship’s master acknowledging receipt of specified goods and the promise to deliver them to their destination in the same condition. Upon delivery, the goods were checked against the bill to see if all was in order. If . . . → Read More: Wednesday Nautical Term/Phrase: Fit The Bill
margin of safety, available amount of freedom or room to move or act Weatherward or windward is the side of the ship toward the wind. The lee side is the side of the ship sheltered. Much like the leeward side of island is one that faces away from the wind and provides shelter. On the . . . → Read More: Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: Leeway
From ye ol’ source… to be distorted or mixed up Garbling was the prohibited practice of mixing rubbish with the cargo.
A special one for Kevin Z’s time aboard a tall ship… On ships, cannon balls were sometimes stacked in what was called a monkey, usually made from brass. When it got really cold the monkey would contract, forcing some of the cannon balls to fall off.
to be reprimanded The quarterdeck at the stern of the ship was officer’s country. A sailor didn’t go there unless he had work to do or if he was being disciplined. A sailor caught in some infraction might be called aft for a Stern Lecture – being balled out by an officer. . . . → Read More: Wednesday Nautical Phrase/Term: Stern Lecture
To be irritable. “Dr. M. is cranky because it is before 10AM and he has not had coffee” From Brian Berlin…“Possibly from the Dutch krengd, a crank was an unstable sailing vessel. Due to a faulty design, the imbalance of her cargo, or a lack of ballast, a crank would heel too far to the . . . → Read More: Wednesday Nautical Term/Phrase: Cranky
Obviously the distress call for vessels in serious trouble at sea. It was formally accepted in 1948 at an international telecommunications conference. The origins of mayday are complicated at best but the word itself comes from the anglicizing of the French “m’aidez,” (help me).
From our ol’ friend Navy lore: Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the . . . → Read More: Nautical Phrase/Term Wednesday: Cup of Joe
Meaning: to trash or rid of something Deep six refers to to six fathoms, or with a fathom being six feet, 36 feet. The origins of the phrase are obscure at best. It is currently thought that 36 feet was the rule of thumb needed for burial at sea to prevent a body from washing . . . → Read More: Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: Deep Six
meaning: openly, without trickery From Brian Berlin… A trick, common to warships and pirates alike, both of which had very large crews, was to keep all but a few of their men out of sight. At long distance, someone inspecting them with a telescope might be fooled into thinking they were seeing a peaceful merchantman . . . → Read More: Wednesday Nautical Phrase or Term: Above the Board