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Salty Dog Talk

The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

Salty Dog Talk by Bill Beavis and Richard McCloskey (Adlard Coles Nautical, 9781472907981, £8.99)

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Lower deck name for what was officially termed Bounty Money – monies paid to crews for sinking an enemy vessel. Blood money was, however, the more honest appellation since the amounts were reckoned not on the size or importance of the enemy ship but rather on the numbers of crew slaughtered. At one time this was as high as five guineas for every man killed.



Can you work out these boating anagrams?

Skew chirp

Drab roast

Damp his is


Feed me and I live, yet give me a drink and I die.


A ladder hangs over the side of a ship anchored in a port. The bottom rung touches the water. The distance between rungs is 20cm and the length of the ladder is 180cm. The tide is rising at the rate of 15 cm each hour. When will the water reach the seventh rung from the top of the ladder?



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Anagrams: ship wreck, starboard, amidships

Riddle: Fire

Brainteaser: Never. If the tide is raising water, then it is raising the ship on water, too. So water will never reach higher than it currently is.

Anchorage: Lymington Yacht Haven