Tag Archives: Sailing


Shellback, Golden Dragon, Golden Shellback

This is folk speech that is found in the maritime world. They are names that are given under various circumstances when sailing around the world. A shellback is a name given to someone who crosses the Equator for the first time while aboard a ship. A golden dragon is someone who crosses the dateline. The… Continue Reading »

A Sailor’s Proverb: Red Sky at Morning, Sailor Take Warning

The following is CL’s interpretation of the proverb, “Red Sky at Morning, Sailor Take Warning; Red Sky at Night, Sailor’s Delight,” in a conversation.   “Red Sky at Morning, Sailor Take Warning; Red Sky at Night, Sailor’s Delight”:   CL: The reason why [it’s called this] is [the following]. So, think sailors setting out to… Continue Reading »

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight; Red Sky at Dawn, Sailors Take Warning

Content: Informant – “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at dawn, sailor’s take warning.” Context: Informant: “This is an old sailor’s saying. Sailors are deeply superstitious people. I’m not sure where I heard it from, it’s just always been around. I’m not sure where it comes from. Maybe it’s because the jet streams… Continue Reading »