Jack Tar

What does "Jack Tar" mean?

Today it means: Sailors in the Royal Navy and other similar Navies.

An old term used for sailors in the Royal Navy. Derived from the old navy custom of sailors coating their outer clothes with tar in order to make them waterproof. RN sailors can also be know simply as "Jack" which is derived from the jackstaff and where the Union Flag is flown, at which time its called the Union Jack.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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