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Nautical Trivia by Fonz – Broadside

Deliver a Broadside A broadside was the simultaneous firing of the guns and/or canons on one side of a war ship. Quite a blow, as can be imagined. Today it means much the same type of all-out attack, though done (usually) with words

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A Good Deal

Finding a “good deal” really comes from the shipbuilder rather than a sailor. Large timbers, free from defects and big enough to be cut into ship’s timbers, were hard to come by. Looking at a standing tree would not tell a lumberjack with certainty that it could be felled, trimmed, and shaped without some kind […]

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Nautical Trivia by “Fonz”

Ground Swell A sudden swell; which is the rise of water, along the shore. It often happens when the weather is fine and the sea behind it appears calm. Said to occur when undulating water from a faraway storm reaches the shoreline where friction causes the swell. In common use, the term groundswell means a […]

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Toe the line

When called to line up at attention, the ship’s crew would form up with their toes touching a seam in the deck planking. Accept the authority, principles, or policies of a particular group, especially under pressure.

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To be Pooped

We might use the word “pooped” to mean the same thing, but its seagoing origin is quite different. The rearmost, highest deck of a sailing ship was called the poop deck, from the Latin word “puppis.” If a ship were unlucky enough to be overtaken by a massive, breaking sea which drenched her from astern, […]

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