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The seven naval toasts

Naval Toasts

Willem van de Velde the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In the officers’ room of a ship of the British Royal Navy, there are seven traditional toasts for the midday meal, one for each day of the week. These are the original versions:

Monday: Our ships at sea
Tuesday: Our men
Wednesday: Ourselves (“as no-one else is likely to concern themselves with our welfare”)
Thursday: A bloody war or a sickly season (and so a chance for promotion!)
Friday: A willing foe and sea room (i.e. room to manoeuvre)
Saturday: Our wives and sweethearts (“may they never meet”)
Sunday: Absent friends

Categories: History Military Modern history

The Generalist

I live in Auckland, New Zealand, and am curious about most things.

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