Date: January 19, 2003 at 11:42:10 From:R. Dale Flick, [nr12-216-196-177-159.fuse.net] Subject: Re: Superstitions on the River ?
Hi, Jane: Your question is a good one. Fred Way could tell us loads more if he were with us now. I heard a long time ago that a 'certain shade of blue paint' was verboten on steamboats. Also, old, old steamboat people would 'turn their backs at least once when a steamboat was leaving a landing to ward off bad luck.' The last person I ever saw do that was Purser Bob McCann. There was one superstition Re: ocean ships that said, 'once a ship is taken from her originally designed purpose bad luck will follow.' I bet a number of active river people reading this web could add more insights. Bet Doc Hawley has heard plenty through the years. We all know about the ravens that inhabit the Tower of London. If they ever fly away the British throne will fall. Guess that's why they keep some today in cages for tourists to see. Cheers, R. Dale Flick PS> This may not relate to the rivers, but Spanish mariners believed a lady dressed all in 'red' boarding a ship was a bad omen.