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Useless info..Batten down the hatches!

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Bored today. Never knew where that term came from so I checked.  Battens were strips of wood used to hold down canvas tarps that were placed over the open grates on the top decks of the old sailing ships in bad weather to keep out the water. They were usually nailed down to the deck. There.  Now you know. Sooooo "batten down the hatches boys" and good luck in the next storm. This was very educational. :Smile_smile:

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14 minutes ago, dmckay said:

Bored today. Never knew where that term came from so I checked.  Battens were strips of wood used to hold down canvas tarps that were placed over the open grates on the top decks of the old sailing ships in bad weather to keep out the water. They were usually nailed down to the deck. There.  Now you know. Sooooo "batten down the hatches boys" and good luck in the next storm. This was very educational. :Smile_smile:

Served in the USN and had never heard it explained before. Makes sense though.

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Hard to starboard/port, etc used to mean exactly the opposite direction prior to 1930 something.  The old "Port your rudder", vis hard to port meant turn hard right, as in doing so you effectively put the tiller to port, turning the rudder to starboard.  Took me years to figure that one out.  Finally was explained to me by MacKenzie Gregory.

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1 minute ago, neptunes_wrath said:

Etymologically, the term KNOT derives from counting the number of knots in the line that unspooled from the reel of a chip log in a specific time.

How about FATHOM and LEAGUE? Where? Origin. Etc.

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Thanks man I never thought to actually look that up. You never quite know when some info will be useful.

I had such trouble with 'port' and 'starboard' i had to look up starboard to see where it came from. now I traced the word lineage from larsmen > right handed rower > larboard > (some unknown type of evolution here) > starboard.

for whatever reason i could never remember if port was the left or the right. after making a small study it's clear as day now.

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6 minutes ago, SinisterSe7en said:

Thanks man I never thought to actually look that up. You never quite know when some info will be useful.

I had such trouble with 'port' and 'starboard' i had to look up starboard to see where it came from. now I traced the word lineage from larsmen > right handed rower > larboard > (some unknown type of evolution here) > starboard.

for whatever reason i could never remember if port was the left or the right. after making a small study it's clear as day now.

front bow, back stern, don't get it right squirt I'll throw your  [edited]  out the little hole in the side.

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2 minutes ago, SinisterSe7en said:

Thanks man I never thought to actually look that up. You never quite know when some info will be useful.

I had such trouble with 'port' and 'starboard' i had to look up starboard to see where it came from. now I traced the word lineage from larsmen > right handed rower > larboard > (some unknown type of evolution here) > starboard.

for whatever reason i could never remember if port was the left or the right. after making a small study it's clear as day now.

When I started this game I had same issue. Torpedoes to port!  And I would look right. WHERE are they? Then DELETED! Blam. 

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