Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 20:22:03 -0500
A true story:
Up through the turn of the century it was considered bad luck for a ship to
sail on a friday. Insurance companies would charge a larger premium for a
ship sailing on friday.
In 1894 a Scots merchant & shipowner was tired of the extra cost; either he
had to pay his captains & crews to lay over until saturday or he had to pay
the extra premium. He decided to disprove the superstition once & for all.
He ordered a new ship built. The keel was laid on a friday, the ship was
launched on a friday and cristened on a friday. The name of the ship was
the "Friday". The captain he hired for this ship was named Friday.
The ship was loaded with an expensive cargo (which the Scots shipowner
refused to insure) and sailed for New York on a friday.
The ship & crew were never seen or heard from again.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City