What Does ‘21 Gun Salute’ Mean?
9 August 2018, 16:33
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.