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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