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DOGWATCH ORIGIN

Thursday March 25th, 2010
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Dogwatch takes place between 4 and 6pm and 6 and 8pm. They are only 2hrs long so the same crewmen are not on duty at the same time each afternoon. There are several theories about the origins of the name including: that it is a corruption of ‘dodge watch’ and that it is associated with the term dog-sleep used to describe the fitful sleep of sailor as the watch is a stressful one. What we do know is that the term has been used since at least 1700.
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