Ships name

In the Middle Ages, the ceremony of the ship's descent to the water was led by priests. The priest also proclaimed the ships name, and that's why he was considered the godfather of the born ship. It was he who after the prayer and blessing gave the order, by which he began to knock out under the ship wedges of support.

The priest also proclaimed the name of the ship, and therefore he was considered the godfather of the born ship

In the 16th century, the name of the ship in Western Europe was proclaimed by the king, prince or duke. A large silver cup filled with wine was brought to the descending ship, and when the ship was in its native element, the king and his entourage climbed up, sipped a few sips, and poured most of the contents onto the deck in the direction of the main compass points-north, south, south and West. At the same time he loudly uttered the following words: "I call you a name (such and such). May the Creator bless you and everyone who swims with you. And I wish you happiness". After that, he "treated Neptune" - a goblet with the remains of wine thrown overboard. But this ritual soon had to be changed: no sailors, no workers, and idlers could not reconcile themselves to the fact that an expensive silver goblet remained at the bottom of a river or harbor. Traditions are traditions, but why waste valuable dishes? The real hunt for cups began. The most ingenious beforehand in advance of the ceremony were secretly putting nets under the ship, trawling the bottom with cats and hooks. Anyway, cups almost always got and resold.

The ritual of "treating Neptune" was changed by the English "gay king" Charles II. According to his decree, after everyone recognized the name of the ship, the "god of the seas" began to simply throw a little wine overboard, and a cup was given to the captain of the new ship as a souvenir.

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