Big Buc's Blog: Nautical Idioms "When My Ship Comes In" - Tuesday, February 19, 2020

Submitted by Big Buc on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:05
when my ship comes in idiom


Ahoy, Ye Matey!
It’s our Final Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Seven weeks sure have gone by fast!  Thanks to all of the teachers who emailed to let me know how much they enjoyed having an opportunity to incorporate Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience into their language arts and reading lessons. Let’s review our previous eleven idioms. 

1.   all hands:  everyone
2.   anchors aweigh: raise the anchor
3.   learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task
4.   pipe down:  be quiet
5.  ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized
6.  tight ship: well-managed
7.  in the same boat: facing a shared problem
8.  batten down the hatches: prepare for a challenging situation
9.  rock the boat: do something to cause problems
10.make waves: shock or surprise people with something new or different deep water: in serious trouble

Our final idiom of Sea Term 2020 is...Wh
en My Ship Comes In.

As their final Sea Term wraps up, 1/C cadets have their eye on the future.  Last night, I sat with a large group of 1/C Marine Engineering majors in the Mess Deck.  While his friends munched on cookies, one cadet said, “When my ship comes in next year, I’m going to buy a townhouse in Boston, a convertible, and a 22-foot Boston Whaler.”  

As the cadets asked questions about the things that he wanted to buy, I was focused on the beginning of his sentence, "When my ship comes in next year…”  I was confused.  Isn’t the cadet’s ship the TS Kennedy? And won’t the TS Kennedy be coming into the dock on Sunday, not next year?  Did the cadet really think that there was at least another ten months left of Sea Term?   

I grabbed a calendar to show him that there were only six days left of Sea Term and reminded him that his ship, the TS Kennedy, would be back at Taylor’s Point on Sunday.  The entire table erupted in laughter. 

As usual, I had taken the idiom literally.  The cadets explained that “when my ship comes in” means “when I become rich and successful”.  When the said “my ship” he didn’t mean the TS Kennedy or even another ship.  He was talking about the success that he’ll experience when he gets a job in the Marine Engineering field – on land or at sea.  Thanks to the wonderful education that the cadets have received at Massachusetts Maritime Academy –both on campus and at sea, their ships will be coming in for sure!

Thanks for being a part of my Nautical Idiom Tuesdays!  Be sure to use the nautical idioms throughout the year – and teach them to your friends and family members.

Your favorite Buccaneer,
Big Buc




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when my ship comes in i will probably be at the airport