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Maritime romance: banks and chronometers

Land "rats" - hard historical the name of the sailors of those people who conduct their life on land. It can be both civilian and military people. This is far from the only element of marine slang that has managed to go through many centuries and has acquired a variety of words.

One of those first-year sailors who “got” 15 years ago said that he was once asked by one of the foremen to pick up a jar suitable for a boat. The old one, it says, is about to break. The sailor, hurrying to fulfill the order, thought how the bank could break, but did not delve into the conclusions, but went to the galley and began to beg for a glass jar from the ship’s cook. He did not understand why the glass jar was for the sailor, but decided to give him a half-liter glass vessel made from squash caviar. The young sailor went up to the foreman and handed him the object. The foreman looked at the sailor with an unkind look, and then laughed and let go of the good slap. The necessary jar is an ordinary board, which is a kind of seat in the boat. But the marine term "bank" has one more thing - stranded.

Clock for hours on navy also rarely calls. Most often - chronometers. And if a person comes to the store who is looking for a gift for a friend not watch box, and a box for a chronometer, then this person has a clear relationship to the service in the fleet.

At one time, chronometers became one of the most important objects on any vessel. The heyday of using classic chronometers fell on the 18-19 century. Chronometers were installed in special boxes with a hinged lid and allowed to measure time in different time zones. The more important function of the chronometer was the definition of longitude, which is important in an era when GPS navigators were absent.

Today, not every watch can be called a chronometer. Under this name, suitable mechanical watches, which give very accurate time values ​​and have a small measurement error. The concept of "electronic chronometer" seafarers believe from the evil one, as there was nothing electronic in those same 18-19 centuries by definition. This marine chronometer today can be seen in a number of maritime museums. Its accuracy is usually 4 times the accuracy of conventional mechanical watches.
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  1. Andrey77
    Andrey77 6 June 2013 13: 29
    Well, what is the ficus of the article? I thought about sea jargon. I already opened my mouth ... :(
    Who served in the Navy, explain the concept of "canole". This is a synonym for something new, in the sense of not being in use (canole glasses, canole wheelbarrow - they were often used in the 90s). Naval word. One could say not used, but the naval always said canola goods.
    And the article is a fat minus. Called a cargo - climb into the box.
    1. Col.
      Col. 7 June 2013 00: 00
      Quote: Andrey77
      Well, what is the ficus of the article? I thought about sea jargon. I already opened my mouth ... :(

      I think that there is some kind of mistake, the text was obviously cut short.
      1. Andrey77
        Andrey77 7 June 2013 13: 38
        Perhaps the text is not torn, but stupidly not finished.
    2. old man54
      old man54 8 June 2013 04: 59
      I don’t know for sure, but there is a strong feeling that this expression came from the heyday of naval artillery, but not the ancient, of course, loaded from the muzzle, with a more modern one. They mean complete "virginity", not yet used. I don’t know the details, sorry.
  2. xomaNN
    xomaNN 6 June 2013 17: 32
    Unfortunately, the article is empty: ((
  3. alex86
    alex86 6 June 2013 20: 54
    Bullshit, what did you mean? ...
  4. old man54
    old man54 6 June 2013 21: 13
    I saw an article about the fleet - I was delighted, I rushed to read! But ... it suddenly, before it started, ended. :( The article leaves a lasting feeling, not that it is not finished, but not even a beginner! A strange work. :) Although the topic is more than extensive and interesting! If the author, who, by a strange coincidence, hadn’t named himself (rather, his intuition had warned him not to do this), would have widely and deeply revealed the topic of fleet tales and the peculiarities of fleet jargon, then I’m sure that the excitement of the interested, urging public from the forum would have been decent. :) Everyone would take the Soul, tell someone who remembers, and so ...
    But I put the article "+" for a new interesting and promising topic on VO! In order to reassure the author, who, although encrypted, but I perfectly "figured it out! :)))
  5. mirag2
    mirag2 6 June 2013 21: 50
    Hello, goodbye.