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Why figureheads are naked women and cats good news

Dave Cochrane, founder of, explains sacred seafaring superstitions
A fishing boat works the waters off the island of Eigg but her crew might be ultra superstitious.

EVERY profession has its superstitions, traditional customs and strange beliefs but mariners – specifically fishermen – have more than their fair share.

Most are associated with bad luck and are portentous of ominous weather, tragedy or poor fishing.

From the notion of women on board being a distraction, to whistling on the bridge inciting a storm, there are dozens of ways in which misfortune can be wrought upon a vessel or voyage … if you believe in that kind of thing.

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