We have all heard the naval term "All ship shape and Bristol fashion" at one point in our lives. But what does it actually mean ?
Well, I found the answer in volume 8 number 3 of the Margate Historical Society magazine by Mick Twyman. "Bristol fashion" as Mick wrote, "is evolved from the fact that any ship caught by the ebb tide at Bristol which had not cleared its decks of loose clutter or lashed it down securely, saw it vanish over the side as the vessel heeled over on the sharply slopping bottom of the river bed."
The this snippet of information came from was a article on the vanishing Kent dialect which Mick wrote and I have reproduced it for downloading.