Sailing? Not on Friday the 13th

Legend and superstition of the maritime world suggest that a Friday is not the best day to begin a voyage:
“Sailors prefer not to set sail on Fridays. This superstition comes from the Norse myths, for that was when evil witches gathered. To sail on Friday the thirteenth was to doubly jinx the voyage. The seventeenth and the twenty-ninth of any month, however, were good days to set sail, particularly if the sailors’ voyage would last many months.”
It’s possible that some of the ships depicted on Dead Reckoning at their sinking, grounding or disappearance were intrepid enough (or that other “i” word) to leave on a Friday…maybe even chanced a Friday the 13th?
Detail of Dead Reckoning showing the Columbia River Bar area
If you are departing today, make sure to pack your raft!

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard Purchase your shipwreck chart, here.
Friday the Thirteenth History
Legends and Superstitions of the Sea


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