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Posts tagged “Bristol fashion

Reviewing The Fleet

Shipshape

And Bristol fashion.

Pictures of the fishing fleet at Thoppumpady, taken from the “English bridge“.

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*The phrase “shipshape and Bristol fashion” in today’s form has been recorded as early as 1840 (“shipshape” alone being about 200 years older).
The term developed most likely in view of the English port of Bristol which had (before the Floating Harbour was constructed) a very high tidal range of 13 metres (43 ft), the second highest in the world. Ships moored in this area would be aground at low tide and, because of their keels, would fall to one side. If everything was not stowed away tidily, or tied down, the results were chaotic and cargo could be spoiled.

(*From Wiktionary)