Navy Nicknames

rickles23
15th September 2007, 09:56
In my research into my late Father's wartime history I am often sent strange questions:

My dad, Bill (Tug) Wilson, is the first seaman
to the left of the life ring as you look at the
picture.
I have never found out why he was called Tug Wilson,
any ideas on that?

Does anyone have an answer?...(Scribe)

Regards

Steve Woodward
15th September 2007, 10:02
Nobby Clarke - excellent signals instructor in Hull, but why do Clarkes get called Nobby?

Peter4447
15th September 2007, 10:18
'Pincher' Martin was a very fearsome Master-at-Arms.
'Artie' Shaw was, I believe, a famous Clarinet player

Peter4447

Sebe
15th September 2007, 10:21
Nobby Clarke - excellent signals instructor in Hull, but why do Clarkes get called Nobby?

Steve,

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobby

Sebe (Thumb)

Sebe
15th September 2007, 10:32
In my research into my late Father's wartime history I am often sent strange questions:

My dad, Bill (Tug) Wilson, is the first seaman
to the left of the life ring as you look at the
picture.
I have never found out why he was called Tug Wilson,
any ideas on that?

Does anyone have an answer?...(Scribe)

Regards

See http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server?show=nav.3838&outputFormat=print

Sebe (Thumb)

Sebe
15th September 2007, 10:41
'Pincher' Martin was a very fearsome Master-at-Arms.
'Artie' Shaw was, I believe, a famous Clarinet player

Peter4447

Peter,

See http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server.php?show=nav.3820 for Pincher Martin.

Sebe (Thumb)

Steve Woodward
15th September 2007, 10:46
Excellent Stuff Sebe - disappointed on the Nobby bit - always thought it would be a bit of RN 'gallows' humour
Cheers
Steve

trotterdotpom
15th September 2007, 13:33
Thanks Sebe, very interesting. In Australia, sharks have now become known as "Nobby Clarks" or "Nobbies" - not sure if this is from Australian rhyming slang or Cockney rhyming slang and can't remember if I'd heard it before or after my arrival in Australia. One thing's for sure, Australians have a great talent for creating nicknames, for example: "Blister" - always shows up after the work is done, and zillions of others.

A couple of other common ones are "Dusty" Miller and "Chalky" White for obvious reasons.

John T.

rickles23
15th September 2007, 14:05
Thank you Sebe et al for the information it's just what I needed.

Re the shark nickname, around my part of Austsralia they are usually called Noah's Arks.

Personally if I see one I usually say Bl***y H*ll.

Again thank you for your help...(Thumb)

Regards

K urgess
15th September 2007, 14:08
Should've put a caption on that picture.
The shark is saying through the grin, "Ooh! Look, lunch!"

trotterdotpom
15th September 2007, 14:13
Thanks Rickles, I'd forgotten about "Noahs". The only way they're getting me is if they come up through my toilet, so don't think about them much.

John T.

rickles23
15th September 2007, 14:28
Funny thing is over here there is a shark called a Grey Nurse.

Looks deadly with curved teeth.

It only eats fish and is pretty harmless!

As for a caption for the Great White photo, how about....BOO!

Regards

captkenn
15th September 2007, 15:56
Thank you Sebe et al for the information it's just what I needed.
Personally if I see one I usually say Bl***y H*ll.

Regards

My son met one last week in Galapagos

captkenn
15th September 2007, 15:58
My son met one last week in Galapagos

...and a Hammerhead said Hello ...

captkenn
15th September 2007, 16:01
See http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server?show=nav.3838&outputFormat=print

Sebe (Thumb)

Thanks I have now found out why Brooks and Brookes are called Rajah.

captkenn
15th September 2007, 16:03
Excellent Stuff Sebe - disappointed on the Nobby bit - always thought it would be a bit of RN 'gallows' humour
Cheers
Steve

Apparently the derrick is named after a Navy Hangman called Derrick who invented the device still in use.

timeout
16th September 2007, 01:26
Nobby Clarke - excellent signals instructor in Hull, but why do Clarkes get called Nobby?

Having been a Clarke for 54 years, and having 5 brothers, 4 of whom are known as Nobby, to there various friends and aquaintances, which is very confusing, when asked upon meeting said friends and aquaintances, how is your Nobby, ehhm, and 2 sisters who have never been called Nobby, why is my dad known as Randy?

Naviguesser
16th September 2007, 02:32
My buddy got the nickname "Likem" which I didn't understand until he reminded me his last name was Young :D

neillrush
16th September 2007, 07:21
Why in the Navy is anyone called Evans always nicknamed "Crash"??
Rgds Neill

billyboy
16th September 2007, 13:19
and why is anyone with the surname "Flowers" called sally?... and the pellets called Abbey. and the potters pansy...and the smiths smudger