A fathom

What does "A fathom" mean?

Today it means: A fathom is 6 feet.

A fathom is 6 feet and is an old English unit used to measure length. It was also commonly used on ships to measure depth but now been overtaken my the metre. Its distance was derived from the outstretched arms of a large man; the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other.

See also: Fathom out  and: Deep six  and: Swinging the lead

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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