Why Sailors Can't Swim and Other Marvellous Maritime Curiosities

A&C Black
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Why will a sailor never go to sea on Friday 13th?
Why are boats always referred to as 'she'?
How do you navigate the ocean without a compass?
Does the Bermuda Triangle really exist?
Why do sailors wear earrings?
Did Blackbeard actually exist?
Did Nelson really say 'Kiss me, Hardy'?
What's the correct way to bury a body at sea?
Why is a rope never called a rope?

This fascinating collection of maritime folklore and trivia delves into the history, science and culture of the sea, and is packed full of entertaining, surprising and insightful facts, from the delightfully obscure to the amusingly quaint, including everyday expressions that have their origins on board ship.

Topics include: sailors and superstitions; ships and shipbuilding; navigation and seamanship; pirates and smugglers; fish and fishermen; coasts and oceans; tides and weather; art and literature of the sea.
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About the author

Nic Compton was deputy editor and then editor of Classic Boat magazine from 1996 to 2000. Before then he spent an idyllic childhood living on boats in the Mediterranean. Since leaving Classic Boat he has travelled the world as a freelance writer and photographer.
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A&C Black
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Published on
Jul 28, 2013
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Pages
96
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ISBN
9781408192641
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English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Boating
Sports & Recreation / Sailing
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