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Renaming a sail boat

Gentlemen, I have a little trouble with this; really, because the superstitions of sailors are largely founded on the ''out at sea too long'' hallucinations of what has been a -for the most part; a basically uneducated lot.There are a lot of ''old sailors''tales up there on the shelf next to the offerings that their women folk filled themselves with;....the old wifes tales.Doubtlessly, the competition of ''juveniles'' in the fo''c''stle while floating in circles in the ''horse latitiudes'' back in 1503,drove each to out do the other as they entertained themselves out of boredom and fear...and possibly sickness too!I''ll bet that more than one feverish gent muttering in some dark smelly corner'' to the younger, eager to be a part of the ''MEN'', has started romours based on nothing more than illiterate fantasy, and thrilled at the gullibility of his audience. In short, the old timers propagate the mystery of the sailors life to give it more charm, but the guy who started that one about changing a vessels name was married to the woman who invented that one about.....don''t do that, you''ll go blind; and together, they''re rolling around in their graves, laughing their heads off! literally......... To maintain the special appeal and magic of the Maritime, ''we'' all kind of go along withit, but in the interest of encouraging clear thinking among seamen,I must finally tell it like it is.....that any superstition around changing a name is basically a load of amber-gris.......and you know what THAT is!!!!..........Rev. Mike
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