The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14870   Message #1803066
Posted By: Joybell
06-Aug-06 - 08:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Threescore and Ten
Subject: RE: Origins: Threescore and Ten
I asked an old seaman, from roughly the area of the disaster, about the "from Yarmouth DOWN to Scarborough" line. He told me that "up and down" as the map shows towns is irrelevant to the old-timers. Indeed people here in the bush of Australia still use "up or down" seemingly at random. As in "I'm going down to Melbourne" or I'm going up to Melbourne" (Melbourne is pretty much directly East of here - neither up nor down.)
Cheers, Joy