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RE: Nautical Terms

 by Voltman , Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:15 am

Between the devil and the deep blue sea is referring to a dangerous position sailors found themselves in when they were lowered over the side to waterproof the seam between the the deck boards and the uppermost side planks. The seam was some sort of water drainage channel, outside of the side rail, known as the "Devil" and pitch had to be "Payed" into the joint to make it water tight. From this also came the phrase "There'll be the Devil to pay"


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Nautical Terms Voltman 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Sheldonboy 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms phil 07.27.2010
RE: Nautical Terms mikejee 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms phil 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.28.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Sheldonboy 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Sheldonboy 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.29.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.31.2010
RE: Nautical Terms berniew 07.31.2010
RE: Nautical Terms Voltman 07.31.2010
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