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Mariners of all types have superstitions, not just sailors, and most of them are about bad luck. Some of the more commonly know ones:
Bananas onboard bring bad luck.
Setting sail, beginning your voyage on a Friday is bad luck.
No whistling onboard, it will bring stronger winds.
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Women onboard are bad luck, unless they are naked, and then they bring good luck. (What???)
The term "son of a gun", came from having children born on the gun deck. I guess that's the outcome from having naked women onboard. If it was a male child, it was considered good luck.
It's bad luck to trim your hair and nails at sea.
A shark seen following your ship brings bad luck, (duh), but a dolphin brings good luck.
Red hair people are bad luck.
Black cats onboard are good luck, versus land folk, who consider a black cat bad luck.
Tattoos of a rooster, a pig, or a compass rose would bring good luck.
It's good luck to always board a boat with your right foot first.
Changing the name of your boat is bad luck, unless you follow specific rules.
A popular denaming/renaming ceremony can be read here. A ceremony can be used as a reason to drink champagne, and have a party. Who would argue with that?
We didn't change Denali Rose's name, because we liked it. If you go to the USCG registry, you'll find plenty of Denali's, but only one Denali Rose. The previous name on record is Yullibee, I'm glad it's been changed, and I hope they did a ceremony. Maybe I'll toss a few coins in the ocean, wear a gold earring, and spit overboard the next time we leave the dock, just in case.
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