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Re: sailor hat
Posted by Fran Kent on September 2, 2008, 11:28 pm, in reply to "sailor hat"
As I remember, the regulation way to stow the white hat in one's seabag (or locker, on board ship) was to flatten it, roll it up and tie it with clothing stops. Remember those? Some sailors stowed the hat with the brim rolled down. What mattered was not so much how the hat was stowed as how it was worn. This told a great deal about the wearer. The brim was to be slightly flared (all around, not with wings) and the hat was to be squared about a finger's width above the eyebrows. To shove it to the back of the head was to invite a confrontation with the master-at-arms, or the shore patrol. Wearing it in the mess hall brought similar results. The flat hat, which was worn with dress blues in cold weather, was something else again.