King Charles II was told a story by a Royal Navy sea captain about the existence of flying fish. Neither the King nor his court would believe him. An Officer of the Maritime Regiment of Foot confirmed that he also witnessed the flying fish. The King, now convinced of such an unlikely thing, said that if anything else is said where doubt is cast upon its likelihood then they should first "tell it to the Marines". Below decks the statement came to mean a story of disbelief.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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