Hello, I have a question for any current volunteers or volunteers who have served since the pandemic hit. How does it feel to be on the ship during a pandemic? Do you believe it is a dangerous place to be? Does the ships current location seem to be a place of high risk for sickness?
I want to serve on the ship very badly right now, as long as it is the responsible action to take. That's why I ask. Do you all have any advice?
Recently during our daily recruitment meetings, our team began having a few minutes of "Teaching Tuesdays" a way to share forward interesting knowledge gained from personal growth or experience or random "wow what a moment I need to share". So after I shared these tidbits of interesting trivia I picked over the last 20+ years in the maritime industry, the team suggested I write a blog to share what I shared with the team here on MyMercy. I hope to see if more of you find it interesting and also to see if any of you could contribute for fun.
So here it is a few quirky or interesting words or phrases commonly used today that were derived from seafarers and maritime events etc.....hope you enjoy and would love to hear of any the MyMercy followers have to offer......
Earrings: this was the name of a small line or rope on a ship with sails to fasten the "ears" or corners of the sail to the yard arm (or Spar).as time passed the line or loop was mimicked by creating the metal or string loop in a sailors ear to signify he was in charge of the bending of the sail to the spar. through the ages it became fashionable to signify passing of one of the 5 major capes and more significant passages.
Ear-piercing:Sailors believed that by piercing one ear, you improved the sight in the opposite eye. in later times earrings were worn to show they have crossed a significant nautical mile stone such as the International date line or Cape Horn or crossed the equator. so when you see a story of pirates and see many piercing now you know he must be a well traveled pirate (or sailor).
Mind your P's & Q''s: in the pubs of London filled with ship owners and ship insurers (around the time of the East India Shipping Company) and other seaport areas across the UK Scotland, Ireland...the Bar keep would come but to replenish the drinks and say mind your P's & Q's" to have the gents lift their Pints and Quarts of ale in order to wipe the tables clean...this became common phrase to remind children and husbands to mind their manners and not be messy.
Faking or Fake: a complete turning or change in course of the ship in an attempt to evade followers.
Faux Paus: you may think this a french term, actually it is an old Whaler term originally spelled "Foo Paw", and as the word traveled the french spelling became the norm. it was from whalers when they error or bungled the harpooning during the hunt to kill whales for food and commerce. today its referenced as "a blunder" or "tactless act"
Farmer: typically the first sailors were in fact farmers forced to go on ships, due to his inability to perform well in old days as they were terrified of the ocean, they were referred to as being a farmer at sea, hence to this day a bad sailor is called a farmer.
Cup of Joe, a simple cup of Coffee: Why do they call it a cup of Joe?.....It's an American Navy Thing!! Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. As the story goes, on June 1, 1914, Secretary "Joe" issued General Order 99. ... From then on, the strongest drink of any kind allowed on naval ships has been coffee. The presumably disgruntled and sober sailors weren't happy with the changes, so they started to call coffee a “cup of Joe” out of spite.
Big Wigs: a term used in reference to the shipping companies executives, the higher the rank the bigger the Wig worn, so in modern days we refer to top executives as "Big Wigs".
Bite the Bullet: during surgeries onboard there was no anesthesia and so before performing an amputation, the "medic" on board or at those times the 3rd Mate would place a bullet or musket ball in the patients mouth to bite on whilst the other crew performed an amputation to save the sailors life. many lost teeth during this process as well.... so now Bite the Bullet is equivalent to "just get on with it, it'll be over quick"
Cranky: Dutch ship the Krengd, was unstable so became synonymous with a sailor or ship or a person being like the Krengd and thus being irritable or somewhat "Cranky"
Overwhelmed: Capsized ship, you never want yourself nor your ship to be overwhelmed right?
I hope you all enjoyed this quirky read through and stayed tuned as I shall add more as the weeks pass...please do share any you know too!!
Maritime Recruitment Consultant
Mercy Ships Texas!
For our accepted crew with upcoming dates to serve, some of you may wonder if there are any other volunteers on your incoming flight to the ship. Did you know that you can look on Navigator and view an arrivals list? This list will show you when each volunteer is arriving and on which flight they will be arriving.
When a volunteer is sent the Acceptance Letter via the Portal, their Volunteer Coordinator will assign some tasks to be completed. One task is to read, sign, and date the Staff Confidentiality Agreement. When that task is completed and the Human Resources team is able to enter it into the volunteer’s file, then he or she will have access to Navigator. This is our organization’s intranet where vital Mercy Ships information is shared and stored.
Later in the acceptance process, the Volunteer Coordinator will task you the Pre-Arrival form to complete and also ask you to submit a copy of your flight itinerary. After this information is received, and the Volunteer Coordinator in turn submits it to the Purser, then the incoming volunteer’s information will be added to the AFM Arrivals / Departures page.
To view the AFM Arrival And Departures list in Navigator, go to:
· Operational drop down menu. Select Pursuer (AFM)
· When on the Purser (AFM) Home page, select the link for AFM Arrivals / Departures from the Crew Information section.
· Once on the AFM Arrivals And Departures page, there are three options/links. Select the middle option, Arrivals.
· When looking at the Arrivals list, just scroll through the list to find your name; the list is in chronological order.
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