Burning your boats

What does "Burning your boats" mean?

Today it means: No going back.

A military tactic used as far back as Roman times to encourage the troops to go forward to victory because there was no going back without it. Cortez did the same when he landed in Mexico. Sailors in steam ship would also burn their boats if they ran out of fuel for the engines. If they did not get to a harbour then there was little else to do but drift and hope.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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