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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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COMPETITION TIME! Each month we will be asking our readers 5 nautical trivia questions – if all are answered correctly and timeously, you stand a chance to win a bottle of wine!   To Enter:   Email Shaneé at admin@rnyc.org.za your answers before Tuesday 18th September You will receive an email with your entry number […]

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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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