It was found that if oil was poured onto the sea it would have the effect of smoothing out the waves and could therefore make any job in the water a bit easier.This probably isn't an old saying and the effects are much more likely to have been discovered by accident when a motorised vessel either sank or the crew threw waist oil over the side.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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