Grog
Grog is any of a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or "small beer" (a weak beer), lemon or lime juice and rum, which British Vice Admiral Edward V...
Customs and traditions of the Royal Navy
There are many customs and traditions associated with the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, many of these traditions have carried on to other Commonwealth navies, such as Canada, Australia and New Zea...
Two six heave
"Two, six, heave" is a phrase used to coordinate seamen's pulling. It is widely believed to derive from the orders used in firing shipboard cannons in the British Royal Navy. The team of six men had n...
Paddy wester
Paddy Wester is a traditional Royal Navy term for a young or inexperienced seaman. It might also refer to a "new-boy" in a mess; in times of stability, the "Junior Hand" might remain as such for some ...
Snorkers
Snorkers is a British English colloquialism for sausages. The reference is probably to the resemblance between a sausage and a snorkel. It may have a Royal Navy slang origin.Snorkers is the nickname ...
Fleet review (Commonwealth realms)
A fleet review is a traditional gathering of ships from a particular navy to be observed by the reigning monarch or his or her representative, a practice allegedly dating back to the 15th century. Suc...
Don't Forget Your Old Shipmates
"Don't Forget Your Old Shipmates" is a naval traditional song that was sung by sailors in the Napoleonic Era. It is sung in the Wardroom scene in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. It is...
Bunting tosser
'Bunting tosser' or 'Bunts' is an informal term used in the Royal Navy to describe the sailors who hoist signal flags. Although dating from the period of signalling by flags, it has survived as a ge...
Crown and Anchor
Crown and Anchor is a simple dice game, traditionally played for gambling purposes by sailors in the Royal Navy, and also in the British merchant and fishing fleets.
The game originated in the 18t...
Covey Crump
Commander A. Covey-Crump, Royal Navy (RN), a former Naval Assistant to the Chief of Naval Information, was responsible in the mid-1950s for compiling a record of naval slang, abbreviations, legends an...
Splice the mainbrace
"Splice the mainbrace" is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with a drink. Originally an order for one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs aboard a sailing ship, it became a...
Heart of Oak
"Heart of Oak" is the official march of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. It is also the official march of several Commonwealth navies including the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal New Zealand N...
Fleet Review
A fleet review is a traditional gathering of ships from a particular navy to be observed by the reigning monarch or his or her representative, a practice allegedly dating back to the 15th century. Suc...
Naval heraldry
Naval heraldry is a form of identification used by naval vessels from the end of the 19th century onwards, after distinguishing features such as figureheads and gilding were discouraged or banned by s...
British Naval ensigns
This article concerns the ensigns flown by vessels and aircraft of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and by certain nations of the Commonwealth.A British ensign in British maritime law...
Uckers
Uckers is a two- or four-player board game traditionally played in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ...