Sou'wester

What does "Sou'wester" mean?

Today it means: A weatherproof hat, a direction of wind.

The predominant wind around the UK comes from the South West and it would usually be quite fresh and often wet. This is the opposite of winds that come from the South East which could be warm and dry. Sailors preparing for a Sou'wester would make sure their foul weather clothing was at hand and so the name was given to an oilskin cap (which he would rarely take off) and later a wide-brimmed hat with fastenings (which looked a bit daft on in a pub).

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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