Sailor Speak of the Week – Scupper

Scuppers are the small holes at the bottom of the railing.

Definition

Noun

  • Hole(s) that acts as a drain for the weather decks.

Origins

15th century Middle English from Old French, escopier, meaning to bail or empty.

Comments

Also spelled skupper. Obviously shipping lots of water over the weather deck is unwanted, hence why scuppers exist. Essentially they are analogous to the drain pipes on a building.

References

Angelucci, E. & Cucari, A. (1975). Ships. Milan, IT: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s