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"The Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions"Regulations for the naval service as a whole were first codified and printed in 1731, the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty having represented to the King the desirability of having the many and various orders and instructions collected into one book. The proposed book was approved by the King by an Order-in-Council dated 7 January, 1730, and was printed and issued in 1731 under the title "Regulations and Instructions relating to HM Service at Sen". Several revised editions followed, the 1844 edition being the first to appear under the title of "The Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions"; this was in two parts, amalgamated in 1861 into one book in much the same form as the book we know today. The 1954 edition was brought into force on 1 April 1954; in this edition the paragraph numbers are for the first time directly related to the chapter numbers (e.g. all paragraphs in chapter 14 have numbers beginning with the digits 14) and the book is bound on the loose-leaf principle.


Officers' slang name for the Medical Officer.


"The Quarterdeck"The built-up parts, bow and stern, of old sailing ships were called (and resembled) Castles - the Fore castle and the After Castle. Forecastle as a name still remains, abbreviated to FX; after castle as a name has given way to Quarter-deck, but the initials indicating that part of the ship are still seen as AX more often then as QD (AX is infinitely easier to carve in wood than QD). It is said that the quarter-deck originally extended for one quarter of the vessel's length. The custom of saluting the quarter-deck is said to have come from the practice of having a crucifix on the quarter-deck and paying it the normal mark of respect, originating from the old universal custom of making the sign of the Cross on passing any wayside crucifix. "Evening Quarters"In modern days, "Evening Quarters" is carried out for two special reasons - (1) a complete muster of the hands, especially necessary in the larger ships where it is possible for a man to be locked in a compartment or a confined space where he has been working; and (2) to see that all decks are thoroughly cleared up and tidy on completion of the day's work. Formerly (and now, when a state of war exists) the ship's company was summoned to Action Stations or General Quarters before dark, to clear away the guns, test communications and see everything in a state of readiness for immediate action. Until very recently the bugle call for Evening Quarters was the same as that for General Quarters except for the latter having on additional "G" after it.


"The Battle of Quiberon Bay"20 November, 1759; NE coast of France, between Lorient and Ste Nazaire. Hawke destroyed the French fleet under Conflans, who did not expect the British to pursue him through the dangerous rocky shoals outside Quiberon bay. This action removed fears of a French invasion of the British Isles.