Monthly Archives: February 2013

What is the origin of the term “The Whole Nine Yards”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “The Whole Nine Yards“? The Whole Nine Yards: Yards are the spars attached to the mast that support square sails. On a fully rigged, three masted ship, there are three major square sails on each mast. If the nine major sails are employed, the whole nine […]

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What is the origin of the term “Holy Stone”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “Holy Stone“? Holy stone: to clean the ship’s decks by scrubbing with an abrasive stone. One of the more hated duties of the seaman during the golden age of sail. The expansive hardwood decks were cleaned of dirt, blood and other accumulations by the backbreaking labor […]

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Belated Valentines Event

Mon Feb 18, The First Mates are working on great projects & fund-raisers. All First Mates are welcome & encouraged to join in.  It’s a great way to get to know you fellow mates. Belated Valentines Event!               Join Us to Celebrate Our NEWLY Renovated, NEWLY Remodeled, NEWLY Refurbished […]

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Annual Meeting of the Club

1. Mon, 18th The Annual Meeting of the Club, arrive at club 7:15 pm for 7:30 pm meeting start The Annual Meeting of the Club shall be held at the LYC Clubhouse in the city of Niagara Falls, New York, on the third Monday in February of each year for the reading of the Annual […]

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Son of a Gun

Q – What is the origin of the term Son of a Gun? When in port, and with the crew restricted to the ship, women were allowed to live aboard. Sometimes children were born on the ship and a convenient place was between the guns on the gun deck. If a child’s father was unknown, […]

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Port and Starboard

Q – Every mariner knows the different between port and starboard. Hundreds of years ago, however, a different word was used to refer to the left side of the boat. What is it?  What is the origin of the term port and starboard? A – The term originally used for the left side of the […]

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Super Bowl Tail Gate Party

Super Bowl Tail Gate Party XLVII – Sunday Feb 3rd   Join us for the Super Bowl XLVII Party at LYC!   Tail gate party starts at 4:00, everyone bring a dish, we will have free hot dogs, 50/50 and give a ways, then Chef Dan will do a halftime feast cost $1.00 for every […]

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