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  1. Birkenhead drillnoun

    The concept or practice of taking 'women and children first' in an evacuation or rescue.

  2. Etymology: Named from HMS Birkenhead, which struck a rock and sank in 1852.


  1. Birkenhead drill

    "Women and children first", known to a lesser extent as the Birkenhead drill, is a code of conduct whereby the lives of women and children were to be saved first in a life-threatening situation, typically abandoning ship, when survival resources such as lifeboats were limited. However, it has no basis in maritime law. In the 19th and 20th centuries, "women and children first" was seen as a chivalric ideal. The concept "was celebrated among Victorian and Edwardian commentators as a long-standing practice – a 'tradition', 'law of human nature', 'the ancient chivalry of the sea', 'handed down in the race'." Its practise was featured in accounts of some 18th-century shipwrecks with greater public awareness during the 19th century.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of birkenhead drill in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of birkenhead drill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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