What Does ‘21 Gun Salute’ Mean?

9 August 2018, 16:33

Gun Salute
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Mystery Hour Question

21 Gun Salute, why do we have it and where does it come from? Alec, Leicester


** Definitive **
Name: Michael, Tyneside

Qualification: British Ship Builder

Answer: 21 Gun Salute was used to show peace as a naval ship tries to enter a foreign harbour.

Both the navy and the fort will fire guns to de-breach and then the ship will enter the harbour.

It later developed into a dignitary salute.

The lucky number is 3 and the biblical is 7 – the salute at sea is 7 then times it by 3 forming the 21 gun salute.