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Thread #22581   Message #580479
Posted By: Dunc
26-Oct-01 - 01:41 PM
Thread Name: Help: Meaning of 'Chicken on a Raft'
Subject: RE: Help: Meaning of 'Chicken on a Raft'
A complete list of all 'traditional' Royal Naval slang can be found the the Admiralty Manual of Seamanship.
The old port Admiral for Rosyth Naval Base in Scotland had a huge house at Donnibristle (Donny-B)5 miles east of the dockyard. The house (which now falls within the town of Dalgety Bay)was gutted and rebuilt about eight years ago as luxury flats.
There is a connection with Donibristle House and The Bonny Earl of Murray. There were a set of spectacular wrought iron gates with the crest of the Earl of Murray in front of Donny-B House.
I was walking my dog past them one Sunday morning and said 'Hello' to some men carrying out some work on them. A few days later I read in the local newspaper that they had been stolen - by the friendly workmen.