An inspired guess From Brian Berlin… An early form of navigation, relying upon experience, intuition and faith.
As a consequence of your actions you offend someone and thus are “listed in their black book.” From Brian Berlin… From the 1300′s – a collection of maritime laws and conduct that became known as the Black Book of the Admiralty. The punishments for offenses was harsh, to say the least. Drowning, starvation, and marooning . . . → Read More: Wednesday Nautical Terms and Phrases: Black Book
From here… If a crewman is standing watch on the weather side of the bow, he will be subject to the constant beating of the sea and the ocean spray. He will be under the weather. . . . → Read More: Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: Under the Weather
to finish no matter what obstacles or cost 1867 Smyth Sailor’s Word-bk. pg. 103 A ship is ‘brought up to a bitter’ when the cable is allowed to run out to that stop. When a chain or rope is paid out to the bitter-end, no more remains to be let go…” From another site on . . . → Read More: Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: To The Bitter End
A little late and again from the spectacular website of Gary Martin. Definition: Hard-up – in a bad situation. Origin: The beams are the horizontal transverse timbers of ships. This nautical phrase came about with the allusion to the danger of imminent capsize if the beam ends were touching the water. This dates back to . . . → Read More: Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: On your beam ends
Image available through Creative Commons at Flickr, Photo by author heremiet From the spectacular website of Gary Martin. Meaning: Very drunk. [First] sheets aren’t sails, as landlubbers might expect, but ropes (or occasionally, chains). These are fixed to the lower corners of sails, to hold them in place. If three sheets are loose and blowing . . . → Read More: Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: Three Sheets to the Wind
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