Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch: A Guide to Curious Nautical Knowledge for Landlubbers and Sea Lawyers Alike (International Marine-RMP)

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9780071825269: Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch: A Guide to Curious Nautical Knowledge for Landlubbers and Sea Lawyers Alike (International Marine-RMP)

A nautical trivia book on steroids, learn why it is a Blue Monday and other expressions with a nautical past

Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is a Ripley's Believe It or Not for the mariner—everything odd, weird, and unbelievable. Mariner and author Frank Lanier began to compile these entries when he served in the Coast Guard; they were included in the "plan of the day" published aboard the various ships Lanier was stationed on starting in the 1980s. In his book Frank explains in plain language the origin of curious nautical language and expressions.

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BLUE MONDAY: A reference to Monday, the day traditionally reserved for dispensing the week's accumulation of whippings amongst ship's boys found delinquent in their duties. Black Monday was another common term for the day during the 17th century.

FOURTH-CLASS LIBERTY AND THE BABOON WATCH: For a sailor, the only thing worse than enduring a miserable watch at sea was the privilege of standing one during the ship's port call. It was there the "Baboon watch" (those unfortunates so tasked) enjoyed fourth-class liberty, sampling a port's charm via the ship's telescope.

JACK TAR: A sailor. One of the most common masculine names of the English language, Jack has been a popular euphemism for the common man since early on, particularly those of the working class—it's where we get Jackhammer, Jack-in-the-box, Jack-of-all-trades, Jackass, jack-o'-lantern, Jack-be-Nimble, jumping jacks, jackknife, Jack . . . well, you get the idea. Sailors applied the name liberally to a wide variety of descriptive terms, from Jack Adams (a stubborn seaman) to Jack Whore, meaning a masculine, overgrown wench.
As for the later part, seamen have been known as Tars for centuries in reference to their use of that material to waterproof clothing and caulk hull seams. Interesting and good to know type stuff, 'cause you certainly wouldn't want anyone commenting that "you don't know Jack."

SEA LAWYER: Not one of those beloved members of the land based legal fraternity, but instead a prophet of pessimism and declarer of doom aboard ship who is forever arguing his views concerning any and everything, from how to properly complete any task (without involving any action on his part, of course) to his views on what's wrong with the fleet and what needs be done to correct it.

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Was the Titanic doomed because of its name? Can you really "swallow the anchor"?

Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is a collection of unusual, nautical-based phrases and trivia tidbits for Jack Tars* and landlubbers** alike. Author and marinerFrank Lanier began to compile these entries while serving in the Coast Guard; they were included in the Plan of the Day published aboard the various ships Lanier was stationed on starting in the 1980s. He explains these colorful terms and entertaining phrases in plain language and presents their origins—many of which will surprise you! Inside you will find words and phrases . . .

FROM THE FAMILIAR . . .

Over a Barrel--Sailors were sometimes tied over a barrel while being flogged. Rummage--A ship's cargo or the packing of it in the vessel's hold, the yardsale-type association of the term arising from the fact damagedcargo was often sold at a "rummage sale," a clearing out sale of unclaimed goods at the dock. Rubbernecker--A sailor who stood by and looked on as his shipmates worked. Square Meal--A solid, hearty meal, said to be derived from the square, wooden platters hot meals were served upon aboard ship in good weather. To "Fudge It"--A sailor's term for a lie, nonsense; exaggerationthat can be traced to one Captain Fudge, a seventeenth-century sailor whose propensity for telling outrageous whoppers prompted his crew to meet any tale of dubious origin with a cry of "You Fudge It!"

. . TO THE BIZARRE . . .

Dog’s Vomit--A moist hash of hardtack biscuits and meat cooked together. Kissed by Mother Carey--Those whose destiny seemed forever tied to the sea. Suck the Monkey--The clandestine siphoning of spirits from one of the ship's casks via a straw or other such tube. Swallow the Anchor--An old salt who retired ashore, forever giving up his life at sea.

With the intriguing Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch, you'll soon be able to talk like a sailor worth his salt!

*Sailors
**Unexperienced sailors

About the Author:

Captain Frank Lanier is a marine surveyor and consultant.

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