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I think this superstitious stuff is allot of prop wash (witch by the is way $3.99 a quart on sale) However, I am glad that this thread was started today as I do not post on Fridays as it is bad luck.

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superstitions; Are when incidences are coupled with occurances of what happens shortly afterwards.
bad luck for example;
You can whistle up a storm.
Sail on Friday.
Carry your gear in black luggage.

Good luck;
Becalmed? Stick a knife in the mast in the direction of wind you want to blow.

There are probably a few more for sailors and I can think of one or two for actors. Such as never wish them luck or put a hat on a bed.

Now some of you think this is all prop wash, but there are an aweful lot of people that do believe in this superstitions. Now I'm not superstitious myself but have been known to say a prayer or two under certain interesting conditions while sailing. Hey! Prayers do work!! Considering the age of the vessels I have worked on, the sea conditions I have sailed in and the close proximity that I had to be in many cases to life threatening conditions. From War to fires on board and flooding of the vessels... Storms are acts of God and there you need to depend on the your faith and God's will to see you through.
Then there are some of you who don't think so.
Recommend that you stay home and hide in your closet.

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Boasun, If your last post was directed at me. (prop wash) Please be assured that my earlier post was just bad attempt at humor. I to have been in situation's where I have said a Prayer. (I never let the crew know) If I ask the crew to start Praying then we are in real trouble.
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I did a delivery from Red Hook to Chesapeake in April of 07. We sailed on Friday. Had we waited till Saturday we would have been caught in the teeth of that front that took out 4 boats the day after we made the bridge-tunnel. Friday not a problem for me.
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Gents,

Thanks for the feedback guys. Especially from Giu, as that was interesting stuff. By the way Giu, pass my thanks on to your Portuguese bretheren for concocting Madiera as I have recently discovered how interesting that can be - another wonderful Portuguese contribution to seafaring!

I must say that I planned to depart from my home port on Thursday the 12th purely in the spirit of keeping with tradition and superstition (and having fun with it). I won't lose any sleep because I'll be leaving a temporary stop on Friday the 13th for my destination, but I was curious to see how this was interpreted by other sailors.

My question was an effort to find out if the superstition refers only to your initial cruise departure, or does it regard "any" sort of departure on a Friday.
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If you pack plenty of bananas and pork, it all evens out.
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I think superstitions are bad luck---

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