Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Never At Sea

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

NEVER AT SEA (R3x48) or (R6x48) 6C set John C Haddow
4s, 5s and 6s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast to 2nd place, cross LH and cast to 3rd place while 6s cross RH and cast to 5th place, cross LH and cast to 4th place
9-16 1M+6L Prom hold dance reel of 3 with 4s (pass 4M LSh to start) while 6M+1L dance reel of 3 with 3s (pass 3M LSh) end 1s in 3rd place side by side facing up and 6s in 4th place facing down ready for...
17-24 1s and 6s dance reflection reels on sides dancing up/down between 3s/4s to start
25-32 1s+6s dance R&L ending with 1s facing up and 6s facing down
33-36 End couples cross RH while couple in 2nd+3rd place also couple in 4th+5th place dance ½ RH across and all (1st+2nd place, 3rd+4th place, 5th+6th place) change place LH on side
37-40 Repeat bars 33-36
40-44 Repeat bars 33-36
45-48 All turn partners RH 546(1)(3)(2)
Dance 3 times to end 654(3)(2)(1) or 6 times to end 123(4)(5)(6)

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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Never At Sea - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

This reel was devised for Lynn Edington's 60th Birthday. Lynn served in the "Wrens", the Women's Royal Naval Service, as a meteorological officer.

The original motto of the Wrens was "Never At Sea" because they were originally founded (in 1917) to perform naval roles on shore and so release men for sea service. In World War Two one of the slogans used in recruiting posters was "Join the Wrens - free a man for the fleet." The Wrens remained in existence after the war and was finally integrated into the regular Royal Navy in 1993 when women were allowed to serve on board navy vessels as full members of the crew. In October 1990, during the Gulf War, HMS Brilliant allowed the first women to officially serve on an operational warship.

Lynn was not able to go to sea with the Wrens as she'd left by the time the Wrens became full operational members of the Royal Navy.

Never At Sea Image
Never At Sea (Second World War)


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Text from this original Women's Royal Naval Service article on Wikipedia.
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