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Leaving Port on Friday

I'm about to start implementing my new retirement plan. Which is to get to someplace warm at least once a month during the winter until Spring outfitting starts. While trying avoid going through Airports as much as possible. So Friday I'm jumping on a Cruise Ship out of New York City heading to the Bahamas. It was a very reasonably priced cruise so I jumped on it. The only negative is that is leaving on a Friday which also happens to be Friday the 13th. Which may explain why it was so cheap. I was trying to remember why it was bad luck for sailors to leave port on a Friday? Let alone on a Friday the 13th. Wish me luck!

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... The only negative is that is leaving on a Friday which also happens to be Friday the 13th. Which may explain why it was so cheap. I was trying to remember why it was bad luck for sailors to leave port on a Friday? Let alone on a Friday the 13th. Wish me luck!
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The “no departure” on Friday thing has a sorted past. In fact, I even understand there was a time, when it was preferred to begin a voyage on a Friday. The real myth is that the Royal Navy named a ship the HMS Friday to prove it wasn’t an issue to depart on a Friday and it sunk. Never happened.

I think these superstitions are like frat rules. They don’t make sense, nor have any real relevance, but we follow them in solidarity. There is always a ritual to receive forgiveness or absolution that involves alcohol.
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Wow! Short retirement!


Can to post photos as you sink, please?
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Have a great “eating expedition” and wash your hands frequently
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Re: Leaving Port on Friday

Jump on a cruise ship???? It's not like jumping on a bus or a train... So good luck with that...

I assume we will hear from you as you make your way south.

What I want to hear for starters is how much time and the details about what it took from you to get from your home to your cabin and when the ship was underway.... What was the fare? Will you take the ship back or is the cruise the whole deal?

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I turned 13 on a Friday the 13th and I'm still around.

I think Friday the 13th is only bad luck if you are Templar Knight from Oct 13, 1307. Nothing to do with boating.
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I turned 13 on a Friday the 13th and I'm still around.
You *think* you're still around.


Go watch Sixth Sense again....
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Re: Leaving Port on Friday

When I left Frisco on my circumnavigation, 7-7-70, I heeded a lot of the superstition stuff, like leaving port on a Friday, never put a hat on a berth and later the banana and catching fish one. Never knew the background for these and disproved the fishing one solidly. I even went so far as to acquire a gold coin to put under Seafarer's mast with the double eagle that was already under there, when I restepped the mast in NZ.
My wife brought it up a month or so back and I realized I'd completely forgot all about the Friday one, probably because when you are chartering you don't get to choose your departure day. However, to this day, I go to great lengths to see that there is no hat on a berth. Haven't figured out if it's bad luck for the boat, hat's owner or the hat, but there it is.
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Wow! Short retirement!


Can to post photos as you sink, please?
I paid extra to have a high speed Internet connection so I might actually be able to post a video.
I'm also bringing my floating VHF handheld with GPS just in case too.
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