Watch on Board Ship
There are two sorts of watch- the long
watch of four hours, and the dog watch of two,
from 4 to 6; but strictly speaking a watch means four hours. The dog
watches are introduced to prevent one party always keeping watch at
the same time. (See Wolf, Between dog
and wolf, Dog-Watch.)
There are two divisions which perform duty alternately- the
starboard watch and the port watch. The former is called the captain's
watch in the merchant service, often under the command of the second
mate; the port watch is under the command of the first mate.
The Black Watch. The gallant 42nd, linked
with the 73rd, now called the Royal Highlanders. The 42nd was the
first corps raised for the royal service in the Highlands. Their
tartan (1729) consisted of dark blue and dark green, and was called
black from the contrast which their dark cartans furnished to the
scarlet and white of the other regiments.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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