What is the meaning of the following verse?

Q – What is the meaning of the following verse? There’s a delightful little verse to help you remember the proportions of different ingredients in rum punch: One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. Rum punch is a favorite among sailors when the sun is over the yardarm. Name […]

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What is the history of the LYC flagpole?

Q – What is the history of the LYC flagpole? (Picture of flag pole) Gaff-Rigged Flag Poles – as observed from the LYC parking lot Speaking of traditions, have you ever noticed that LaSalle Yacht Club has a unique Flag Pole (this question is more for members who have recently joined)? Our flag pole stands […]

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Few people with ancraophobia become sailors.

Q – Few people with ancraophobia become sailors.  Why?  What are they afraid of? Ancraophobia is fear of the wind.

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What is the origin of the Ice Boom?

Q – What is the origin of the Ice Boom? Note: The following links are best viewed with a tablet or desktop computer Lake Erie – Niagara Ice Boom Information Sheet http://www.ijc.org/rel/boards/niagara/ice_glace-info_e.pdf Annual Ice Boom Removal Ready To Start 3/26/13 Click below for full details & pictures http://www.wben.com/pages/15889235.php?contentType=4&contentId=12680110 ICE BOOM REMOVAL (Picture of 3 booms […]

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What is the origin of LaSalle Yacht Club Burgee?

Q – What is the origin of LaSalle Yacht Club Burgee? LaSalle Yacht Club was initially organized in 1936 by a small group of residents in the LaSalle area of Niagara Falls, who felt there was a need for a boating and social organization in the city. Nearly 50 Members became Charter Members and later […]

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What is the origin of the term “Three Sheets to the Wind”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “Three Sheets to the Wind”? An inebriated person is often said to be a certain number of sheets to the wind. Uncertain whether this is three or four, you still suggest that the expression comes from sailing. Many have drawn this connection, because the line, or […]

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What is the origin of the term “SOS”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “SOS”? An SOS was an international distress signal transmitted by Morse code. With the advent of long distance radio transmissions in the early 1900’s it was possible to communicate with radio using Morse code signals. (Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail developed the electric telegraph during the […]

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What is the origin of the term “Smoking lamp”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “Smoking lamp“? The exact date and origin of the smoking lamp has been lost. However, it probably came into use during the 16th Century when seamen began smoking on board vessels. The smoking lamp was a safety measure. It was devised mainly to keep the fire […]

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What is the origin of the term “mayday” for an emergency call?

Q – What is the origin of the term “Mayday” for an emergency call? “Mayday” is said to have originated from the French phrase “M’aidez” – meaning “Help me”

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What is the origin of the term “Shows his true colors”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “Shows his true colors“? Early warships often carried flags from many nations on board in order to elude or deceive the enemy. The rules of civilized warfare called for all ships to hoist their true national ensigns before firing a shot. Someone who finally “shows his […]

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