Room to Swing a Cat, Let the Cat out of the Bag and A Square Meal

No Room to Swing a Cat, Letting the Cat out of the Bag and A Square Meal — All of these expressions, I learned, have its origins from sailing.  Allan and I spent a weekend in Portsmouth given that I was there every few days in the past month anyway.

Colleagues had recommended that we visit the Historic Dockyards and so we did, even though I knew nothing about boats, ships, sailing and history related to them.  I was glad we went though, because we had the chance to step inside the HMS Victory, an 18th century ship that has been restored.  It was amazing how the original wooden plank flooring remains and how they still have the layout as it use to be many, many years ago.  I’ve always known that these ships must’ve been extremely crowded back then and seeing the layout and walking around, it was easy to imagine how cramped it was.  What I didn’t expect was how limited the head room was.  I’m a small person yet I had to make sure I don’t hit my head on anything.  How uncomfortable it must’ve been for those far taller than I am.

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