This OP is about Superstitions, any superstition.
Please, tell of any Superstitions you have or how other peoples Superstitions may impact you now or how they may have impacted you in the past.
Better yet, just spin us a yarn of your very own favorite Superstition. Go deep, get into it!!!
I’m all eyeballs and I believe many others here may be as well.
Side note: It’s really, really hard not to slip into my Swamp Yankee Fisherman speak while typing. Hence the big edit.
Think my phrasing odd now? Haaaaa
Thanks in advance!
I’ll begin.......”The TT Gillie”
The TT Gillie was a 45’ wooden Western Rigged (wheelhouse forward) boat that looked more like a Gulf Shrimper but with less curvature to her rail
In her time she was kinda the odd duck around here in this corner of the Nor’east when it came to hull design.
She (the TT Gillie) was painted white with black rigging and trim.
The wheelhouse/galley/bunk space and head was all just a single story with a flat roof on which sat everything you’d expect to see atop such a
vessel, radar, life rafts, powerful spotlights etc etc.
The TT Gillie also had a main-mast easily 1 1/2 times the height of other boats of her size. Her mast was topped with cross trees that included a
platform and barrel ring on each side where lookouts could safely stand for hours scanning the Sea.
You see, the TT Gillie was first and foremost a Stick Boat.
She was a boat that sailed throughout Buzzard’s Bay and South through Quicks Hole and all around Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard searching for sunning
Swordfish to harpoon.
In later years spotter planes flew above her finding and directing the crew to the fish.
The TT Gillie was also the very last Stick Boat to survive in New Bedford’s fishing fleet and when Swordfish slowly disappeared from the waters I
just mentioned above throughout the early to late 70’s, her fate was sealed.
The TT Gillie also had a 30 ft. sprit jutting off the bow from which they’d harpoon the fish.
Such a long bowsprit does not well work when tying up along the crowded docks of New Bedford Massachusetts so it was hinged and could be risen when
In other seasons TT Gillie worked for lobster ( I believe he had 750 traps) and she also set gill-nets along the South side of Martha’s Vineyard and
Nantucket for Winter Codfish.
I don’t consider myself superstitious at all but Fishermen as a rule are a very, very superstitious breed.
Through the years I have found fishermen’s superstitions to be not only extremely funny but also aggravating as all get out.....Phew! 😡
TT Gillie who was just called Gillie was the owner of the TT Gillie 🤪 and he was without a doubt THE single most superstitious person I have ever
met. His crazy, and to some people, insane beliefs were legendary among fishermen everywhere!
Gillie would not sail on Friday, EVER! 🤷♂️
Pork was not allowed on the boat in any form. NO BACON? Yeah, right...
If Gillie did the throw the lines to go fishing and someone yelled Pig Pig Pig from dockside he would tie right back up and wait another 24 hours to
I witnessed this once.
Some guy, I don’t know who, would not stop screaming Pig Pig Pig at the top of his lungs and Gillie absolutely lost his mind, went ape#hit crazy.
As soon as Gillie had one line on the dock he came off that boat like a madman while holding a big ripper (knife) and chased this guy to the end
Leonard’s Wharf where the guy ended up diving in the water after a vicious swing of the ripper from Gillie almost cut his throat. (that was so, so
The rumor was that the guy was an ex deckhand who thought Gillie robbed him, IDK.
Another of his superstitions was if a hatch cover from the fish-hold got accidentally turned upside-down he would spin three times on his heels then
spit on the deck.
Bananas were not allowed on-board
as well, etc etc etc.
I could keep going but you get it.
Gille was a bat#hit crazy Superstitious maniac.
Ever know his kind? Are you one? 🤔
Do you have Superstitions?
What are they and why are they?....
Tight lines guys!!!
edit on 08-19-2021 by PiratesCut because: edited