One of the more unusual nautical superstitions that still persists today is that bananas are bad luck to bring aboard a ship, especially a fishing vessel. This belief allegedly began during the 1700s, when many trading ships disappeared while sailing between the Caribbean and Spain.
Are fish attracted to bananas?
A more passable answer is that unlike the scents of garlic, worms and shrimp, all of which attract fish, the smell of bananas wards them away. And since most fishermen don’t wash their hands after eating bananas or anything else, the banana oil rubs off and on to the bait as it is hooked.
Why is it bad luck to whistle on a boat?
It is said that to whistle is to challenge the wind itself, and that to do so will bring about a storm. Another tale is that it has been considered bad luck ever since the mutiny aboard HMS Bounty; Fletcher Christian is said to have used a whistle as the signal to begin the mutiny against Captain William Bligh.
Why are pineapples good luck on a boat?
Pineapples are good luck
The pineapple became a symbol of hospitality because trade ships in New England would sail to the Caribbean and South America to do business. Captains would commonly return home with a pineapple that they would stick on the gate or fence in front of their home.