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    "clear the heads" and "best ship to harbour"

    Hi!

    Do you know the meaning a phrase "clear the heads" in

    "The ship has cleared the Heads and will be unloading at George's Warf."


    + what does the expression "Best ship to harbour" mean?

    Lower the sails! Best ship to harbour.

    "I'm going to sail it out to the best/right ship in the harbour"


    Thanx a lot!!!

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    Re: "clear the heads" and "best ship to harbour"

    In nautical terms 'the heads' means the toilets but I'm not certain that's what it means here. Could be the headlands, or entrance to the port.

    'Best ship to harbour' sounds like fastest ship to harbour. Lowering the sails means putting on speed by harnessing the wind.

    Last example has me beat, maybe someone with a bit of seafaring knowledge might know.

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    Re: "clear the heads" and "best ship to harbour"

    Though Ive lived in a sailing boat for a year, I must admit I have no idea about it..

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    Re: "clear the heads" and "best ship to harbour"

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
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    "The ship has cleared the Heads and will be unloading at George's Wharf."


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    Nothing to do with flushing the toilet. 'The Heads' (I guess, from the capital H) are headlands. For a long time - maybe days - they have been something to head for; one of them probably had a lighthouse on it, so it was a landmark even by night. When the ship gets near the harbour, it passes these headlands - 'clears the Heads'. A wharf is a solid landing place; an English one (or one built somewhere in the British Empire), might well have been named after the patron saint of England, St George.

    But I've no idea what the second expression means.

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    Re: "clear the heads" and "best ship to harbour"

    Thank you very much!
    So basically it would mean that the ship has entered the harbour, right?

    "best ship to harbour" is still puzzling me :-/

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    Re: "clear the heads" and "best ship to harbour"

    If you are at a loose end have a look here;

    International Talk Like A Pirate Day

    I found it quite amusing.

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