Online Text-Book of Seamanship, 1891

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Text-Book of Seamanship[/I], 1891, is an updated age of sail textbook at the beginning of the true transition of warships from sail to steam power

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[B]CHAPTER XXXIII.[/B] [B]HANDLING SHIP IN COMING TO ANCHOR.[/B] [B]GENERAL REMARKS ON ANCHORING.[/B]

Shortening all sail together, in coming to anchor, however well done aloft, cannot but crowd the decks at a time when you want silence and the power of carrying out a sudden alteration in your plans. Except when you want to “charge” into a station with great way, or catch breezes over the land with your lofty canvas, the seamanlike way to come to is under topsails, after the courses and upper sails have been taken in and the upper yards squared. You can then feel your way with the topsails, deaden it with a check of the braces, freshen it with a small addition of canvas, or stop it by heaving aback.

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Text-Book of Seamanship[/I], 1891, is an updated age of sail textbook at the beginning of the true transition of warships from sail to steam power

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The Seaman’s Friend… Another of the old texts that are available online… great reads…[U]where drunkenness is habitual and gross, so as to create a general incapacity to perform duty, it is a ground of forfeiture of wages. But occasional acts of drunkenness, if the seaman in other respects performs his duty, will not deprive him of his wages. [/U] (2 Hagg) suppose the 2 Hagg is the case law as it was a footnote.

Quite a few of these old texts available.

very cool! once upon a time USN ships were manned by seamen who knew seamanship! Not anymore…now they are floating weapons and electronics platforms manned by buttonpushers much the same as a drillship!

anyway, Standard Seamanship for the Merchant Service is also available online

…cannot but crowd the decks at a time when you want silence and the power of carrying out a sudden alteration in your plans.

Ever listen to bridge audio from a Navy ship? An absolute cacophony. It’s a wonder anything gets done on that bridge.