Son of a gun

What does "Son of a gun" mean?

Today it means: Good at his job, born to it.

The Navy would allow women on board their warships so it was inevitable that babies would be born. This would normally happen on the gun decks between the guns out of the way on a busy ship. The father would not always own up and so the child would be entered into the ships log as" the son of a gun".

See also: Kiss the gunners daughter   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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