The Lighter Crimes of the French Bluejackets

By C.E. Eldred, published May 1929


In the course of the Great War I was brought into close relations with the French Naval Officers. One of these with a sense of humour had kept a record of minor offences against good order and discipline committed by French bluejackets. The cases he selected were amusing, not only for the na├»ve wording of the charges, but for the very different sense many of them would convey if literally translated into English. For example: “A voir par maladresse laisse tomber une dame a la mer,” would mean, Having by clumsiness let a lady fall into the sea”; dame however is the marine term for a “rowlock.”

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Filed under: WW1 | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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