MATH 019 cvrMATH 019 Superstition

Lecture on Superstitions of Sailors and the rituals that are standard for various ports and regions in the world.

Materials Needed:

Instructor: PowerPoint Presentation
Students: Journals, writing implements

Vocabulary introduced:

  • Albatross
  • Coffins Aboard Ship
  • Coin under the Mast
  • Davy Jones’s Locker
  • Death by Drowning
  • Departures
  • Ebb Tide
  • Eyes of Her
  • Fiddler’s Green
  • Flags, Bags, Bells and Rags
  • Flowers Aboard Ship
  • Guiding Star
  • Launching a ship
  • Lodestone
  • Our Flat Earth
  • Priests Aboard Ship
  • Ringing Glass Aboard Ship
  • Saint Elmo’s Fire
  • Sharks Astern
  • Ship’s Cat
  • Ships’ Figureheads
  • Ships’ Names
  • Umbrellas Aboard Ship
  • Unlucky Ships
  • Whistling Aboard Ship
  • Women Aboard Ship
  • Wren’s Feather

All of Maritime History began with the observation of the oceans and rivers by man.
Further specific lectures can be assigned module letters as the need arises.

Seafaring Lore and Legend, Peter D. Jeans 2007
Personal experiences
Personal research

Lesson Plan:
Introduce the terms and concepts via PowerPoint by using images and bulleted lists to convey the information. Dialogue with the students in a question and answer format.

Explain subject matter, and resource materials, with an eye on multimedia and hands-on instruction when materials are available.


  • Bullet list of intended topics for this module

Direction on how instructor can conclude the module