Sailor Speak of the Week – Tight Ship



  • (AKA taut ship) a ship where everything is done right…or else!


Probably earlier than the 18th century.


The opposite term would be a slack ship. Woe to the sailor who doesn’t straighten up, carry their weight, or follow orders precisely aboard a tight ship.


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

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