Hi, Becky & Elaine:
Hey, hey, we're now getting into fascinating and serious deep water stuff from some of you East shore steamboaters. Elaine's comments several weeks ago hit on how many salt water terms/customs have 'blended' with those on the rivers. Fred Way, Jr. years ago mentioned that on some steamboats deck hands were also called 'sailormen.'
Passenger vessels today use the conventional term 'Passenger' on their manifests and reports. Up until recent years (may still be done causually) British ships used the ancient term 'Souls' on their listings and reports. I saw/heard it on the old QUEEN ELIZABETH & QUEEN MARY in mid to late 1960s. Throw-back to the days when, on a dangerous passage, you were literally a 'soul of the sea.' Anybody know if it's still used? I'll ask when I board P&O's GOLDEN PRINCESS in a couple of weeks. *Here's another pop quiz for all of you: Who knows where the tradition of fruit/wine baskets in passenger cabins came from on ocean passages? DQ CO., did it for a short time, I recall, in DQ cabins. I'll remain totally quiet on who the 'candy man' was on the old canvas sailing ships!
R. Dale Flick
PS> Whistling on a ship? You bet! I heard many an old deck officer, chief or boatswain bark out, "Silence 'bout the decks!" when they heard a sailor whistling. They'd also bark, "You are from the top of yo' head to the bottom of yo' dirty feet the property of this heah' U.S. Navy!"