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GUEST,Observer What are 'Quarterdeck Manners'? (20) RE: What are 'Quarterdeck Manners'? 10 Oct 19

Two bits from the OP, "Banyan" and "No Quarter-Deck manners".

In naval jargon a "Banyan" was a jolly for all ranks normally held out of and away from the ship. It was by definition and tradition an extremely informal and carefree occasion. It's origins come to the English language (1599), via the Portuguese and their trade with India (Gujarati), "banya" meaning merchant or trader, the inhabitants of a village would gather in the shade of the fig trees to hold village meetings or trade with visiting merchants. The trees became known as Banyan Trees.

"No quarter-deck manners" as a rule would mean that the gathering would be informal so that all involved could relax and have fun.

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