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JAGO "Jago's"A nickname in West Country ships and in the R.N. Barracks, Devonport, to denote the General Mess feeding system. The word comes from the name of the Warrant Cook who started the system in Devonport Barracks and who was chiefly responsible for the success attained by this form of messing.

"Jane's Fighting Ships"

The standard reference book about warships of all nations. Although generally very well informed, this is not an official publication. Founded in 1897 by Fred T. Jane; now edited by Raymond V. B. Blackman; published by Sampson, Low, Marston & Co.

JAUNTY The traditional nickname for the Master-At-Arms, the chief of the ship's police. At the end of the XVII century the Master-At-Arms was the Small Arms Instructor and also responsible for the minor organisation of the ship's company; he lost this latter responsibility when Commander's Offices were introduced in about 1926. The name "Master-At-Arms" first appears in about 1860. The name "Jaunty" is said to be a corruption of the French GENDARME, which, anglicised, became JOHN DAMME.
JAWBATION An old naval slang word for a reprimand, a telling off.
JETSAM Cargo or equipment thrown overboard from a ship in distress and either sunk or washed ashore. It remains the property of the owners if recovered; if not claimed, it becomes the property of the Crown.
JETTISON To throw overboard.
JEW "Jewing"Naval nickname for tailoring. This may have originated from the fact that tailoring is a popular profession among Jews, or "J" was substituted for "S".


A sailor on board who in his spare time does tailoring for others.

"Jewing Bag" or "Bundle"The bag in which a sailor keeps his sewing gear.
JIB "Cut of his Jib"A maritime phrase descriptive of a person's facial appearance. It comes from the days of sail when a ship's nationality could be told at a distance by the cut of her sails.
JIMMY "Jimmy-the-One"Naval nickname for the First Lieutenant of a ship. In the early days he was referred to as the "First Luff". Usually nowadays abbreviated to JIMMY and known as NUMBER ONE.
JOEY One of the many common nicknames for Royal Marines when used in the plural: in the singular it now usually refers to the Royal Marine Officer. The name as applied to the Royal Marines is said to be a corruption of JOSEPH - from the Joseph of the Old Testament, not an account of his coat of many colours but for his all-round efficiency.
JOIN "Joiner"Common slang name for a person who joins a party after drinks have been called for and who departs before his turn comes to provide a round.
JOLLY "HM Jollies"Another general nickname for the Royal Marines. It is the old nickname of the City Trained Bands.
JONES "Davy Jones' Locker"One story is that DAVY is a corruption of DUFFY, which means a ghost, and the JONES is a corruption of JONAH: thus Davy Jones means the Ghost of Jonah. Other possible explanations of the phrase are that it is a corruption of DEVA LOKKA, the Hindu goddess of Death; or that David Jones was a notorious pirate.
JOSE The sailor's name for any Maltese man, whether Service or civilian.
JOSS Luck, the chinese pidgin-english form of the Portuguese "Deos", a god. Used in the expressions "Good Joss" or "Bad Joss". At one time, Plymouth Gin in China was commonly known as JOSSMAN, from the picture of a monk which adorns the label. "Jossman"A modern corruption of JAUNTY (qv).
JUDAS "Hanging Judas"Said of a rope when insecurely made fast or belayed, i.e. false and unreliable as was Judas.
JUNE "The Glorious First of June"Admiral Lord Howe (then aged 68) in H.M.S. QUEEN CHARLOTTE having for two days harried the French fleet brought them to action on 1st June 1794, about 700 miles West of Ushant, in the traditional manner, each ship laying alongside an enemy ship. Seven French ships were captured, five escaped dismasted and damaged.

"First of June Appeal for the Naval Officers' Fund"Founded in 1939, the purpose of this annual appeal is to co-ordinate the many appeals that had been made each year by the various institutions and societies that have as their object the welfare of officers and officers' dependents who are in need of help; thus avoiding the necessity for the various societies to make their individual appeals. King George's Fund for Sailors acts as the central distributing agency to the various funds in proportion of the calls made on them. For information or advice on obtaining help, write to the Secretary, Central Bureau for Naval Officers' Funds, c/o King George's Fund for Sailors, 1 Chesham Street, London SW1.

JUNK The name is derived from a species of bulrush of which ropes were formerly made. It also affords a practical view of the old sailor's opinion of the quality of his rations! Condemned rope is cut into short pieces and offered for sale as "Junk".
JURY As an adjective, this prefix means "temporary" - e.g. Jury-mast.
JUTLAND BATTLE OF JUTLANDFought 31st May 1916 between British and German main fleets; probably the last "line of battle" engagement. Losses on both sides were very heavy but the German navy retired to its bases and never again endeavoured to dispute the surface control of the sea in the first Work War (1914-18).