Swearin' sailors?


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By "other things" I take it that you mean visiting houses of ill repute. That is another 'tradition' that has been linked to sailors - that as soon as they get paid they visit the local cathouses. Perhaps not all were like that; a few might have read books or something.

Anyway, I guess in those days 'Cat Hotel' meant something different from what it does now. :D
Yes I heard they did things like that...:rolleyes:
 
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When I first served in the navy, the ship's crew was paid in cash on paydays, even if at sea, less any allotments sent directly to dependents, etc.
Thats how it was when I was in also. The only time I remember when I was with the Master at Arms that side arms were issued was escorting the ships payroll...even when we were a thousand miles from land taking it from the flight deck to the disbursing office. Being a carrier and all I was told there was a million dollars in those strong boxes. Don't know for sure but I would believe it.
 
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Another old saying: "Spending money like a drunken sailor." Supposedly a yard sign in Norfolk, Virginia: "Sailors and dogs - keep off the grass." Navy enlisted heads, before arriving in a liberty port, particularly foreign, would have plastic signs posted cautioning about venereal disease (I wish I had one - a sign, that is). Another time, another place.
Some things probably are always the same. At least to a certain point. But today handled differently. At least I think so. I didn't know some of the posters here were as young as they are so I need to change the way I post some things. I don't really keep up on whose who here. But to your point...it was my ships policy that you didn't get to leave the ship when we were oversea's untill you put 2 things of a certain item in your pocket when departing the ship to go liberty.
 

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But to your point...it was my ships policy that you didn't get to leave the ship when we were oversea's untill you put 2 things of a certain item in your pocket when departing the ship to go liberty

But how will the policymakers prove that those 'items' did not end up in the nearest trash can on the docks? I mean, having them in one's pocket is one thing but............... ;)
 
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I did a quick double check of the thread title because we might be heading for a delete here...LOL. But to answer your question...That was the policy of our skipper. What other ships/commands did I don't know. I guess he figured one was supposed to be adult enough to figure it out. Like Doug alluded to...we got the lecture before every port visit so everyone knew the hazards. But being an adult and a doctor I'm sure you know that when copius amounts of alcohol are involved dumb stuff will happen.