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Nautical Trivia by Fonz

“ALL FAIR AND ABOVE BOARD” A commonly used expression of nautical origin meaning “Utterly fair, nothing hidden”. History 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 […]

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WORLD SHIP SOCIETY & BATTLESHIPS If you missed Norman Bellows’ talk about World War II battleships, then join the World Ships Society meeting on Tuesday, 25 September at 5:30pm to listen to this very interesting talk.  RNYC member Norman refers to the crests on the wall of the Britannia Room to reference some of the […]

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Black Tot Day

Black Tot Day (31 July 1970)   The name given to the last day on which the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration (the daily tot). In the 17th century, the daily drink ration for English sailors was a gallon of beer. In 1655, due to the difficulty of storing the large quantities of liquid, […]

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