Bananas bad luck on a ship

Why are "Bananas bad luck on a ship" ?

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The reasons why bananas are bad luck on ships is not really known but for some reason it appears to be a particular superstition for fishermen. The reasons could go back to the days of sail. One possibility is that if they're stored along with other fruit and veg then the whole lot will ripen and go off very quickly; no good if you're on a long voyage. Another could be that bunches of bananas could have deadly spiders lurking in them and you really don't want them running around the hold.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Folklore              

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