The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre’s new exhibition will examine the superstitions, rituals and folklore of the sea and opens, appropriately, at Halloween.
Traditional superstitions such as whistling up a wind, seagulls being the spirits of dead mariners and why do the terms ‘curly tail, long tail and bob tail’ have to be used, instead of the real names of the creatures, will be looked at.
“We will ask visitors if they think it is lucky or unlucky to see a cross-eyed women or vicar on the way to a boat?” said chairman Mark Vesey.
“And also wether upside down brooms or hatch covers are good or bad omens? If fishermen’s wives can wash their husband’s clothes when he goes to sea? If the color green is lucky or unlucky and what you must do if a witch or bad spirit possesses your boat?” he said.
The new exhibition opens at the museum in Eastborough on Wednesday October 31 in time for Halloween and runs until Christmas. Opening times are Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm, entrance is free.
The museum was started with the aid of a grant in 2009 and opened by the then mayor Cllr Bill Chatt in November of the same year. The group has won the mayor’s Big Thank you award for artistic and cultural contribution to the town three times.