Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sailing Superstitions and Traditions

Sailing superstitions and traditions have developed over the ages. Some have come from experience, some come from legends, and still others come from tall tales. What was a tall tale suddenly becomes a rumor and they travel fast so many of these things came about in that manner.

There are many sailing superstitions and traditions surrounding starting out on a cruise. Did you know that Friday is never a good day to start out on a cruise because it is the day that Christ died? Did you know a trip should never begin on the first Monday in April? That is when Cain killed Abel.
The second Monday in August is never a good time to start a cruise because that is the day that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Because Judas Iscariot hung himself on December 31, it is never good luck to begin a cruise on this day.

Other sailing superstitions and traditions surround things you should avoid.
Avoid people with red hair when going to begin your cruise because they bring bad luck to a ship but if you speak to a red haired person before they speak to you this can be avoided. Flat-footed people also bring bad luck to a ship. Speak to them before they speak to you and it can be avoided.

There are good and bad consequences in sailing superstitions and traditions. A stolen piece of wood merged into the keel will make a ship go faster. A silver coin placed under the masthead ensures a successful voyage. You will experience a disaster if you step on a boat with your left foot first. On a long voyage pouring wine on the deck will bring good luck, it�s a libation to the gods. Throwing stones into the ocean is said to cause storms.

There are still more sailing superstitions and traditions. Flowers on a ship are unlucky because they can be used to make funeral wreaths. Priests on a ship are unlucky because they wear black and do funeral services. Ladies pay attention to this one - women on a ship are unlucky, yet a naked woman on a ship will calm the stormy sea. This resulted in the naked figure heads seen on ships. There are so many more of these sailing superstitions and traditions.