Thursday, July 10, 2008

This Evening's Toast

From the Mariner's Book of Days:

To a bloody war or a sickly season.

I have to admit, this one I don't totally understand. I get the bloody war part of it, because sailors thrived on adventure and potential fame. But the sickly season part is what I don't get. Any ideas?

4 comments:

mrwill said...

Andrew, Andrew, Andrew,

As a long time state employee you should know this one.

A bloody war or sickly season means more chances for promotion to a higher rank or command as your fellow officers go down. Not cynical just realistic. GRIN

M.

scott s. said...

Promotion by seniority means waiting for vacancies?

Andrew Duppstadt said...

It's been a long week Mike. I should have figured that one out, but my brain is just too taxed at this point. In fact, I think more crap has hit the proverbial fan this week than in a very long time. I'd be waiting for the other shoe to drop if I thought there were any more left.

mrwill said...

Sorry to hear that shipmate. Maybe it's time for you and your lovely lady to follow Chris's example and take a cruise. Best way I know of to clear the cobbwebs out.

Hey Scott,

The Royal Navy career pyramid had limited slots even if you had seniority. Case in point, if a man was a captain of a frigate, he would stay there as long as possible because he would be more likely to make good prize money that he would commanding a ship of the line. Now if he sticks his head in the way of a Frog 18 pounder, well, there is a opening.