The front page story in The Observer on Monday, June 8, with the headline that confused local MP Glenn Butcher.
The front page story in The Observer on Monday, June 8, with the headline that confused local MP Glenn Butcher.

MP makes mistake over Observer ‘error’

GLADSTONE'S social media community was quick to correct Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher after he posted a photo of The Observer's front page 'spelling error' on Facebook.

Monday's front page featured a story on Margaret Scammel who won the major prize - a $90,000 6.02 m boat - at this year's HookUp.

The headline read 'Prowed new owner' and Mr Butcher was quick to post a photo to Gladstone Open Discussion ridiculing The Observer for the "mistake".

But his audience wasted no time explaining the pun, letting Mr Butcher know the term prowed referred to the front of a ship or boat, called a prow.

"It was a mistake (to post it on Facebook)," Mr Butcher said.

"I thought someone at the paper had made a big mistake because I've been a boatie all my life and never heard the term.

"It was only up for a minute and I took it down straight away.

"I did say in the comments that I stood corrected."

Less common boating terms:

  • Chine: the intersection of the middle and sides of a boat
  • Cofferdam: narrow vacant space between two bulkheads of a ship
  • Gunwale: upper edge of the side of a ship
  • Hank: series of rings or clips for attaching a jib or staysail to a stay
  • Oakum: old ropes untwisted for caulking the seams of ships
  • Sponson: platform jutting from ship's deck for gun or wheel
  • Xebec: small three-masted pirate ship


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