Crow’s Nest?

crow sitting in mast rigging

The origin of the term ‘crow’s nest’ is obscure. One legend claims it originated from the practice of Viking sailors who carried crows or ravens on board, in a cage secured near the top of the mast where a small platform was rigged for a sailor acting as lookout. In cases of poor visibility, the crow was released and the navigator plotted a course corresponding to the bird’s flight path because crows invariably headed towards the nearest land.

 

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