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B, the losing crew invites the victors on board their ship to supper. At the expense of the forecastlemen of the losing ship a top-hole feast is spread and a smoking concert follows. Chippy or Chippy-chap —Any member of the shipwright branch; A shipwright is usually addressed as Chippy. From chips—chips of wood,-shavings. Chitted up. In a big place like the R.

Barracks, or indeed, in any of our Big warships, it is not always easy to locate an individual who may be required. By application to the head of his department the man may be quickly traced; in a case of urgency he may be'broadcasted for. This is called chitting-up a person. Chucking-up boat —jig. Signifies aiding and abetting.

Clampy —nomen. Nickname for the owner of very large feet. See flatfoot. Clew up —v. To finish; to terminate. From the lingo of sailing. Clinker-Knocker —n. See Dustman. Clobber —n. Clothes ; usually those about to be washed. Clubs —nomen. A physical training instructor. Usually hailed as Clubs, but referred to as a P. In the old days he was called a tumbler. Cocoa Boatswain -nome. The old name for an instructor of Cookery. The implication was in a derisive vein. It is seldom heard to-day, possibly because the Navy has learned that a w.

Come up -n. In addition to enduring many other unpleasant restrictions and drills a poor defaulter was not even allowed to eat his meals with his own messmates. Authority decreed he should be treated as a social pariah and, at meal times, he had to take his meals on the cold upper deck in company with his guilty brethren. Usually as he ascended the ladder with his meals in his hands he received ironical cheers from his shipmates. Payment in lieu- of rations. A comp, number: an appointment where one receives an allowance for victualling ; very often it is a shore job.

There are three stages of comp.

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These are V. Payment; e. Conk —n. A nose. A man with a big nose is called Conky or Trunky. Even a Wren, so afflicted has received the same uncharitable nickname from her sisters. They wash ail the crockery, pots and pans, and are mainly responsible for the cleanliness of their mess. They also peel the potatoes and especially in small ships where general mess is not the order even make the dinner for the following day.

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Cookum fry —v. To die, to pass away. Cop —n. Signifies capture. Corker —n. A blanket and pillow which have seen better days but still remain very serviceable when a welcome siesta is indicated. Crabby —nomen. Gross bows —fig. To pass in front of one. Crows, Fowls, Pelicans, Birds —fig. All ornithological labels usually apply to the misfits of the Navy ; persons who are troublesome, who cannot be trusted to perform a job of work or remain at their places of duty. The allusion refers to their ability to fall off asleep and remain so, even if standing on one leg. Crushers, Scotland Yard, Gestapo —fig.

Regulating Petty Officers who work under the supervision of the master-at-arrns in a ship. As their job is partly punitive, they are not always held in high esteem. It was associated with the revolting practice of getting men into trouble lining them up and then releasing them for a shilling or sixpence.

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Daddy —nomen. Daily Mirror Ship —fig. A ship which receives much press publicity is usually so-called. Derby —fig. Deado —fig. Fast asleep. Dicky or Caboose —n. A small compartment; dicky ; secluded or out-of-the-way comer; dicky adj, small. Dicky-Collar —n. The Service blue collar worn by ratings dressed as seamen.

Dicky-flannel: a serviceable miniature garment invented by Victorian bluejackets which it was once death to the law to wear.

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The old service flannel of blessed memory though an excellent garment, was far too heavy for many, in warm weather so, for their greater comfort, they resorted to the dicky-flannel—a very smaller addition which went over the head presenting a back and front of the material, which were then tied together with white tapes.

Dicky Run —fig. A quiet and uneventful expedition on shore entailing little expense. Dingbat —n. A blow.

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Dip —v. To suffer loss fig. Ditch or Pond —n. Dive-bombers —fig. Dobeying —v. The operation of washing clothes. Dobeying Firm —n. These toilers often amass a very gratifying figure for their labours—but they certainly earn it. The complimentary nickname of any of the sick berth branch. Dodger —n. A sweeper ; a cleaner or caretaker of any compartment. Dodging Pompey —fig. Shirking work; skulking. Origin is said to be associated with the insurgents of Spartacus who, after a heavy defeat, were fleeing from Pompey, the Roman general.