draft or draught

Jan Hendrik
27th September 2005, 08:50
This term is used/written both ways.

On the other hand it could also be a glass of beer......

Which is the right spelling for shipping and why?

Jeff Egan
27th September 2005, 10:38
Being Dicklecksick I always used Draft as it has less letters.

Bruce Carson
27th September 2005, 12:32
Often, I think it depends on nationality.
The UK and the Commonweallth usually go with draught, the United States prefer draft.
Jeff, in the UK, proves that that rule ain't always 100% accurate.
As long as it isn't Lite beer, I'll drink it.

Bruce C.

Jan Hendrik
27th September 2005, 15:47
The English or US version, that makes sense, like colour and color, night and nite, etc.

and it is light beer in English and not lite.....

Jeff Egan
27th September 2005, 15:56
Us Dicklecksick types prefer the US way of spelling, even better is Text speak.

27th September 2005, 16:26
In the thousands of arrival radiotelegrams I sent, I never once sent the word "draught", it was always "draft" - even with the most pukkah of Captains.

John T.

PS What does DNA stand for? National Dyslectic Association.

Jeff Egan
27th September 2005, 16:34
I was only kidding about being Dyslectic, the truth is I'm just not very good at spelling.

neil maclachlan
27th September 2005, 18:09
Hi Shipmates,
I worked in the States (God Bless Em ) and I prefer Draught as long as it Smithwicks?
Neil Mac.

John Rogers
27th September 2005, 20:05
Hell!! I always thought it was the name of a big horse.

27th September 2005, 20:12
I always remember a German Coaster Captain who was trying to master the English language. He was extremely exasperated.

Whats this BOW,?
Its the front of your ship, Captain.

What fires arrows ?
A BOW Captain.

How do people greet your Queen ?
They BOW Captain

What do you play a violin with ?
A BOW Captain.

Mind the handle of the door does not catch on your trousers as you leave my ship.

Yes Captain.

With that I B...D out.


21st November 2005, 21:14
Well seeing as a British pint is 20 fluid ounces and a US Pint is only 16, I'll have a draught.


21st November 2005, 22:07
A very popular beer here (don't know why) is Coors Light.
Used to say it was just like making love in a canoe F**king close to water!!!!

22nd November 2005, 00:24
Is it true that American girls don't drink beer at the beach because they don't like getting sand in their Schlitz?

John T.

22nd November 2005, 04:47
One takes the draft after loading and or discharging and then drinks a draught.

Draft marks, not draught marks.

The dictionary actualy states draught - "the depth of water a ship or boat needs to float it"

I still prefer draft!!

22nd November 2005, 07:55
ha ha ha!! nice one John!

22nd November 2005, 15:27
What's wrong with Guinness then? Put's hair on your chest even the ladies (K)

22nd November 2005, 23:00
Tmac, why cant it put hairs on my Head! LOL

keith cairns
23rd November 2005, 00:28
according to my naval architecture books it is draught.

but most americans books/publications use draft.

i dont know why the difference.

might go and ask mr google.


Derek Roger
23rd November 2005, 14:51
Smith / Smythe : **** / Sh-te ! Whats the difference