Nautical terms which have passed into common parlance

#3
soleil said:
http://megayachtnews.com/News/3343.html
heres one for you SOL , never did find the meaning, Quote, Bell Davies as a Snotty crewing for Commander Beatty. " Shes braced to box sir for casting to starboard, her anchor must be nearly away" :scratch:
 
#4
scouse said:
soleil said:
http://megayachtnews.com/News/3343.html
heres one for you SOL , never did find the meaning, Quote, Bell Davies as a Snotty crewing for Commander Beatty. " Shes braced to box sir for casting to starboard, her anchor must be nearly away" :scratch:
'Braced to box' means the braces controlling the swivelling yards are hauled taut with the yards (and their sails) aligned in opposite directions, thus having a neutral effect on the ship. 'Casting to starboard' means moving to starboard once the anchor was aweigh. The anchor in question was probably on the port side and the wind on the port bow. Being 'braced to box', the ship would have simply made slow leeway from the anchor without running the risk of over-running the anchor and cable as they were hauled in by the hands manning the capstan.

Incidentally, many nautical terms like 'braces' derive from the world of agriculture which supplied many sailors for the RN when things were quiet on the farm. Like bitts, farthingales, martingales, saddles and traces, braces were parts of a draught horse's tack which were eventually incorporated into sailing terminology.
 
#6
Thank you, excellent reply( I am a much wiser man now) PS Beattys reply to the snotty Bell Davies. " Oh! so yer know that much,do you?" Who felt that approbation from Beatty was praise indeed!
 
#7
Many of these nautical terms derive from the Vikings: scab, skate, skive, scran, scouse.... nozzer. :biggrin:

The nozzers on the site would be most embarassed if I told them what Nozzer means.... but when it was my nom de plume on RR it was VERY IRONIC! Nozzer is of course exclusivly masculine! :lol: in the early part of the 19th century it was spelt 'nosser' the Viking spelling.
 
#8
A few I've heard on my many trips on the Victory, see if you can work out where they come from.

Freeze the balls off a brass monkey

3 Square meals

on the fiddle

Letting the cat out of the bag

You scratch my back and i'll scratch yours

rubbing salt into the wound

Pressed into service

Rack and ruin

Ship shape and Bristol fashion

Pass with flying colours

Shot across the bows

Over a barrel

Show a leg

Not enough room to swing a cat

Pull your finger out

Son of a gun

Toe the line

Swing the lead

Touch and go

The Whole nine yards

Chewing the fat

Nipper

Clean bill of health

Make heavy weather of something

Clean Sweep

Put through the hoop

Cut and run

Down a peg or two

Eat my hat

Dressing down

Hasn't got a clue

Dutch courage

Flogging a dead horse

Loose cannon

Footloose

Give me some slack

Hand over fist

there's a few for you to work out. me old muckers

SM

:lol:
 
#12
What about "Fcuk my old boots" As pissed as arseoles", "Tastes like the crotch piece of Aggie Weston's knickers ",and too many to list similar sayings of intellect and wisdom.
 
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