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There is a Royal Navy superstition that whistling on a ship can summon strong winds. Traditionally, the only person allowed to whistle is the ship’s cook, as it means he’s not eating the food.......also comes in handy when the lock on the head does not work.
I may be wrong but I have always been lead to believe that as a lot of commands on the old sailing ships were done with whistles. Somebody whistling a tune could confuse things somewhat. As time went on it became a superstition.
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Bad luck to have a woman aboard too. Can't sail on a Friday or a Sunday. Changing the name of a ship is also bad luck. Can't think of any more at the moment.... Some will come to me.... Another saying; "Cold enough to freeze balls off a brass monkey" was something to do with cannon balls in a frame ( brass monkey?) that contracted in the extreme cold and the cannon balls fell out and rolled away... May be wrong on that..
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