Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy

Overview

Pull up a bollard and get to know the colourful language of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Do you ever get channel fever so bad only a great homeward bounders will cure you? Have you ever met Tug Wilson the brass-pounder, Dusty Miller the blanket stacker, or Nobby Clark the stoker? From aback to zizEX, the second edition of Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy gives readers a chance to fill their boots with the colourful language of Canada’s senior service. Learn the difference between duff and no duff, box kickers and gut robbers, and Nelson’s blood and Neptune’s dandruff. Newly revised and expanded, with over 2,500 terms included!

Reviews

Today’s RCN needs this book as a bridge between the experienced sailors and the new entries ... An outstanding resource!

— Chief Petty Officer Chris Radimer (retired)

It’s wonderful to see such an outstanding collection of the words and phrases I have passed on to many young sailors in my forty-three years of naval service.

— Chief Petty Officer Fred Haight (retired)

A delightful read, for both mariners and non-mariners alike! Despite having over 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, I learned a few new terms reading this book. The author, who first introduced me as a very green Ordinary Seaman to the Naval world, has done a wonderful job capturing the unique nature of Naval speak. I would recommend this book to any new and even seasoned sailors to gain a better understanding of life at sea.

— Commander Jason Karle, OIC Sea Training (Atlantic) – Patrol, RCN

About the Author

Mark Nelson

Posted by KathrynB on December 5, 2017
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Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson developed a love for the language and lifestyle of the Canadian Navy over his 26-year naval career. After retiring as a Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, he now works as the systems and services coordinator at the Red River College Library in Winnipeg, Manitoba.