Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy: A Glossary of Naval Terminology by Mark NelsonJackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy: A Glossary of Naval Terminology by Mark Nelson

Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy: A Glossary of Naval Terminology

byMark Nelson

Paperback | October 6, 2018

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Pull up a bollard and get to know the colourful language of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Do you ever get channel fever so bad only a great homeward bounders will cure you? Have you ever met Tug Wilson the brass-pounder, Dusty Miller the blanket stacker, or Nobby Clark the stoker? From aback to zizEX, the second edition of Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy gives readers a chance to fill their boots with the colourful language of Canada's senior service. Learn the difference between duff and no duff, box kickers and gut robbers, and Nelson's blood and Neptune's dandruff. Newly revised and expanded, with over 2,500 terms included!
Mark Nelson developed a love for the language and lifestyle of the Canadian Navy over his twenty-six-year naval career. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Title:Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy: A Glossary of Naval TerminologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 7 × 5 × 1 inPublished:October 6, 2018Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have book for all sailors! Ever hear the phrase, “They talk like a sailor.” A sailor has their own language and “cursing like a sailor” is not the banter that we have come to stereotype with this old and noble profession. Through time and tradition these brave souls who go down to the sea in ships have developed a colourful language of their own and like any form of modern language it is still changing and evolving. Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy by Mark Nelson has captured this mysterious repertoire of words and phrases used by Canadian sailors. Written in a dictionary style for ease of reference, it is more an alphabetical legacy of the terminology of a modern sailor’s language in today’s Canadian Navy. Mark has captured the essence of the words and terminology that is easily enjoyed by any landlubber dreaming of a life at sea. While the master mariner will find this book an excellent resource.
Date published: 2018-09-17

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1910 Recognized as the year the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)was formed. Incidentally, this was forty-three years after Canadabecame a nation.20 feet of shoreline An imaginary entity, made up for a practicaljoke, where a green sailor is asked to go on a wild goose chase.Of course, the victim is not aware of the gag, but everyone elsein the ship's company is, and is usually happy to assist in perpetuatingits effectiveness. "Leading Seaman: Ordinary SeamanBloggins, go fetch twenty feet of shoreline. (A little later) Bloggins:Excuse me Master Seaman, where do they store the shoreline?Master Seaman: Go ask the cooks. I think it's in the galley." Seealso bucket of prop wash and relative bearing grease.20,000 parts flying in formation A Sea King helicopter.The number of parts often varies. See also Sea Thing.2182 kHz The international calling and distress frequency formaritime radio voice communication on the marine band. 280 lady A sailor who has served mostly in the 280-class, alsoknown as the Iroquois class. The nickname refers to the pendantnumbers of the ships: 280, 281, 282, and 283. Since this classof ship has recently been retired, this nickname will slowly fallout of use. 2IC Second-in-Command. 6 Ds A term submariners sometimes use in bragging about theirown glamorous life. It stands for "Deep Diving, Death-DefyingDenizens of the Deep."

Editorial Reviews

A delightful read, for both mariners and non-mariners alike! Despite having over 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, I learned a few new terms reading this book. The author, who first introduced me as a very green Ordinary Seaman to the Naval world, has done a wonderful job capturing the unique nature of Naval speak. I would recommend this book to any new and even seasoned sailors to gain a better understanding of life at sea. - - Commander Jason Karle, OIC Sea Training (Atlantic) - Patrol, RCN