|July 24th, 2005|
3 Cheers and a Broadside info
In reading the section on naval engagements, I noticed an interesting fact practiced by both sides. When an enemy ship attacked, the other ship would respond in 3 cheers from the crew and a broadside. After that, the battle would go until victory is rewarded.
I have no idea where 3 cheers and a broadside tradition came from. Any naval gurus feel like filling me in on this?
|September 22nd, 2005|
After a little difficulty I found it.
I had heard it before but mistakenly thought originally it came from Heritio Nelson. When I went to double check it turns out I was totally wrong.
The phrase comes from an engagement from the USS Trumball (the 2nd ship) and an 32-Gun English Privateer WATT.
Apperently the WATT had challenged the USS TRUMBALL idenitity and when she failed to respond the capitan of the WATT have 3 cheers to the Cross of Saint George flag (England) and open fired.
You can read about the engagement where I found it...