Waiting to get pasted by Charlie, Ivan, Frances and Jeanne.
Plus, how hurricanes are named.
It's always polite to learn a few words in the
native tongue when visiting new places. In case you run into pirates
here's a few handy phrases
to win you some new friends.
Just so that nay one mistakes ye fer a lily livered
landlubber, ye'll be wantin' t' brush up on yer gentleman o' fortune
talk. Thar's a gentleman o' fortune translator here.
Aye, ye scurvy dog. Me parrot Bill be ready t' swill
a pint or two o'grog.
Follow these directions, gut the fish and touch the liver to
your lips. No Sailorgirl hasn't lost her mind, just sharing a
quick test for ciguatera poisoning.
Get the low down on ciguatera
The Jolly Roger or Jolie Rouge
"We are not pirates, but men who want to live for the Freedom that
God and Nature gave us, without surrendering to anybody".
call me Iron Charity Flint....
Argh maties, if you want to play pirate you'll be needing a good
pirate name. Here's a website where you can find your secret pirate
What's My Pirate Name?
In the News: Columbus' ship discovered!
Half-starved and adrift in a leaking boat, did Columbus
eat a last meal of turtle and coconuts before cutting his losses
and heading for home?
The International Shark Attack File maintained by the
Florida Museum of Natural History estimates that the odds of dying
by lightning in the United States are more than 30 times greater
than from a shark attack. In 2000, confirmed shark attacks throughout
the world reached 79 last year.
Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the waves, a captain and
his crew were in danger of being boarded by a pirate ship. Click
So it's an old joke, but hey, it makes this sailorgirl laugh....
wonder where bananas came from? Wonder no more. Read
the Sailorgirl banana history.
Hurricanes are tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic,
Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) and in the Pacific east of the
International Date Line. Typhoons are tropical cyclones over the
northern Pacific west of the date line. Tropical cyclones in the
South Pacific and over the Indian Ocean are just called cyclones.
The Sailorgirl Handy
Boat Form and Crew List
How to make your life easier when dealing with customs people....
and I'm not talking about bribes!
Trivia: When Ponce de Leon of Spain discovered these seven
islands in 1513, he named them Las Tortugas because of the abundance
of sea turtles. The name was changed to Dry Tortugas to warn sailors
of the lack of fresh water.
In the news....
The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was
tossed, if not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Sea Breeze
would be lost...
A 35 kilometre day sail takes four months.
Sailors and rum go together like wine and cheese, like Captain
Ahab and Moby Dick, like England and the Queen, like....well, you
get my point. It all began in the Carribean with the British Navy.
Of course, they found out rather quickly that giving a lot of rum
to sailors caused just a wee bit of discipline problems. So they
tried to solve this by watering down the rum. Hence, "Grog"
came into being. Read the history of grog.
Scuttlebutt - A butt was a barrel. Scuttle meant to chop
a hole in something. The scuttlebutt was a water barrel with a
hole cut into it so that sailors could reach in and dip out drinking
water. The scuttlebutt was the place where the ship's gossip was
An early version of gossiping around the office water cooler!
the banana tree's looks and size, you'd be forgiven for thinking
it was a kind of palm tree, but in fact it's a perennial herb, its
trunk formed from the overlapping bases of old leaves. The fruit
grows in "hands" with 10 to 20 "fingers" (the actual bananas) clustering
into a bunch that can sometimes tip the scale at 100 lbs or more.
What the heck is it really? And how do I not get
"God made the vittles, but the devil made the cook,"
was a popular saying used by seafaring men in the last century
when salted beef was staple diet aboard ship. This tough cured
beef, suitable only for long voyages when nothing else was as
cheap or would keep as well, required prolonged chewing to make
it edible. Men often chewed one chunk for hours, just as if it
were chewing gum and referred to this practice as "chewing the
Did you know that an alligator can go through 2,000 to 3,000
teeth in their lifetime?
Read more cool....
along with a recipe for gator nuggets...