U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary


Naval term. When the smoking lamp is lit it is alright to smoke, when it is out smoking is prohibited. Fire is the most dangerous threat at sea so, particularly on wooden ships, it was necessary to strictly control the use of fire and smoking materials. A lamp was hung on the forecastle, where sailors were allowed to sit and relax, and the sailors knew they could smoke their pipes if the lamp was lit. If it was not lit, smoking was not allowed.

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