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NAUTICAL SAYINGS DOWN THE HATCH

Saturday April 25th, 2009
ImageDOWN THE HATCH
A traditional form of toasting with an alcoholic drink, ‘down the hatch’, first came into use during the eighteenth century. Cargoes and more specifically rum barrels were stored below deck aboard ships and were lowered by cranes through hatches on the deck giving the impression that the ship was actually consuming them.
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