Common Questions & Answers
Do you have a question about something you heard or read about? Here are some common questions asked with answers!
Q: What is scuttlebutt?
A: Slang for gossip or rumors.
Q: Why is a ship referred to as "she"?
A: Early seafarers spoke of their ships in the feminine gender for the close dependence they had on their ships for life and sustenance.
Q: What is a ditty bag?
A: A ditty bag contains a Sailor's personal items. (It was originally called a ditto bag because it contained at least two of everything--two needles, two spools of thread, two buttons, etc.)
Q: What is a Shellback and a Pollywog?
A: A Sailor who has crossed the equator on a Navy vessel and has been initiated is called a Shellback. A Sailor who has not crossed the equator is a Pollywog.
Q: What is a wardroom?
A: The wardroom aboard a ship is where officers take their meals, relax, and socialize.
Q: What is Geedunk?
A: To most Sailors the word geedunk means ice cream, candy, potato chips and other assorted snacks, or even the place where they can be purchased.
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