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Sometimes terms are used in the maritime world which are no longer suitable for use due to changes in the society in which we live.

At present there has been a Media stirred up controversy about the name of a hunting camp used by Gov. Perry's family in Texas.  Mr. Herman Cain called the name insensitive - today is so considered. We shall not quote it here but refer readers to "Origins of Sea Terms" ISBN 0-913372-31-5 by John G. Rogers page 120 (fourth word down) published by Mystic Seaport Museum. 

However all parties concerned may be interested to know that the name is a sea term given to the "gipsy head" on a winch or windlass aboard ship or a large single bollard ashore for a mooring rope eye.  The American term was never used in Europe as we always used gipsy head or bollard.

Working with tugs in the United States however NAUTICAL LOG has heard the term used in the distant past by tug and barge crew.

Of course with the Media always looking for the worst in people's lives, rather than good points, no doubt considerable effort and research went into finding and developing this issue which in and of itself is pointless. 

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What is NOT pointless is working towards the release of 400 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates in deplorable conditions ashore and off the coast of Somalia.  Perhaps the Media could raise that subject with the candidates.


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