Horse-latitudes

May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

 

‘Horse-latitudes. A space between the westerly winds of higher latitudes and the trade-winds, notorious for tedious calms. The name arose from our old navigators often throwing the horses overboard which they were transporting to America and the West Indies.’

 

From: The Sailor’s Word-Book, by Admiral W.H. Smyth, Blackie, London, 1876.

 

 

 


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