|Keeping Old Gooseberry Ashore|
Is Beelzebub in your bilge? A gremlin in your galley? Here’s how to banish nautical superstitions.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler — May 2001
Edmund Burke, the 18th-century
British political writer, said, “Superstition is the religion of
feeble minds.” In speaking of a ghost and how to get rid of him,
Shakespeare’s most melancholy Dane cogitated, “All is not well;
I doubt some foul play.” On the other hand, a crusty captain I once
fished with dismissed the subject with, “Horse hockey!” Truth
is, poets, scientists, scholars, and others have debated the roots of
superstition throughout the ages, and of these people, none seems more
under its spell than those who go down to the sea in ships.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.