This is thought to be an actual command used by the Royal Navy which would have been for sailors to man emergency positions (stations), in a dire situation i.e. lifeboats and emergency pumps. Could sometimes be followed by abandon ship. Another call to a station would be "action stations" where sailors would man the guns etc.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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