Saluting the Quarterdeck

By L G Carr Laughton, published May 1926


The origin and meaning of this salute have been disputed, but advocates of the most common arguments have not produced evidence. Some evidence is however clearly available, and examples are described. With English ships, there is a need to distinguish between respect paid to the ship and that to the officer on duty; the earliest occasion found when such distinction was clearly recorded is 1779.

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Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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