A tow rag has generally come to mean a loser, low life of scum but is originally came from the Royal Navy. A tow-rag is a long piece of rope, usually frayed at the end but could have a bit of rag tied on, trailing in the water from the bow (head) of a ship which is usually where the toilets (heads) for the crew are located. The rag or frayed end is used to clean up after using the heads.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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