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NAUTICAL SAYINGS CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

Saturday April 4th, 2009
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Although there is a connection, this is not actually a piece of doctor’s advice saying that someone is fit and well. It was in fact a method damage control by which ships tried to prevent the spread for infections and diseases from port to port. Before setting sail the captain would be issued with a certificate giving details of infections etc in that port. This was then handed over at the next destination before the ship was allowed to dock. A clean bill of health stated there were no infections
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