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Old May 29th, 2003, 01:42 PM
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Okay Thomas - I'll have to give that one some thought. Stay tuned.......

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Old May 29th, 2003, 02:27 PM
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If they're thrown overboard......... it's called "attempted homocide."

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Old May 29th, 2003, 02:46 PM
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Folks, the reason there's no such phrase as "Woman overboard" is that it's assumed to be the natural state when a woman has a credit card. <>

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Old May 29th, 2003, 04:02 PM
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Thanks Michelle - that fits.

Steve - shame, shame, shame. That comment was totally uncalled for.....unlike my man overboard statement. I have to keep tight controls on my hubby's Lowes and Home Depot credit cards. He doesn't go to either of those stores without me. I, on the other hand, just have a slight problem with the home shopping network ...I like to load that other hand with rings :-)

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You all crack me up!

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Old May 31st, 2003, 10:12 PM
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I once talked to a guy who boasted about driving the Alaska Marine Highway - any of you run into him too?
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And "Tons" refers to internal revenue-generating volume, not mass.

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Old June 13th, 2003, 12:00 PM
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Seahunk,

There is only one "rope" on a ship, or a boat, the Bell Rope. All others are lines.

The little round window is a portlight if it does not open. It is a porthole if it does.

All sailing ships used to have a large board on the right side of the ship that was used for steering. Hence, the steering board, later the starboard side. Because of the large steering board, the ship could not place that side against the dock. The ship would always have to place the left side of the ship against the dock when in port. Hence, the port side.

A ship's tonnage used to be "tunnage". A tun was a barrel. The number of tuns or barrels of goods a ship could carry was the measure of its revenue generating capacity.

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Old June 14th, 2003, 09:51 AM
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There are also a few traditional hawsers called ropes: Head rope, stern rope, fore and after breast ropes. In concert with back springs, they hold (nowadays, probably, held) a cargo ship snugly against the wharf during loading and offloading. It's curious that the term rope only applies while the ship is in contact with land. After the ship casts off, they go back to being lines.

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