Tait’s Seamanship manual on how to sail a ship, part V

Here’s another instalment of the seamanship manual published around a century ago by James Tait, Extra Master and teacher of navigation. For earlier instalments, click here.

Tait’s Seamanship, or how to sail a ship, part IV

‘Masters and crews of stranded vessels should bear in mind that success in landing them in great measure depends upon their coolness, and attention to the rules here laid down, and that by attending to them many lives are annually saved by the Rocket Apparatus on the coasts of the United Kingdom.’ Here’s another instalment […]

Tait’s Seamanship, or how to sail a ship, part III

Here’s another segment of the Tait’s Seamanship primer for the Board Of Trade examination for ships’ officers. See part I and part II. Once again, it’s in the time-honoured maritime question-and-answer format. Among the points covered are how to tack and wear ship, when to start cutting down masts when the ship is on its […]

Tait’s Seamanship, 1913, part I, or how to sail a ship

[ad#intheboatshed-post] I’ve often wondered what ‘seamanship’ really is and who, if anyone, has the definitive article in their posession. It’s not that I don’t understand or approve of the aims of seamanship – it’s about keep lives safe and protecting boats from harm while successfully travelling on the water. But, like the proverbial skinners of […]

Creeksailor films The Norfolk Broads

Dawn on the River Ant The Dilham Canal – see Creeksailor Tony Smith’s weblog I remember going up the Dilham canal in my kids’ little Mouseboat years ago – it’s well worth the trip to find a lost part of The Norfolk Broads. And while I’m at it… photographer Lord Paul is the man who […]

Spider T training days

     Photos by Dave and Leslie Everatt (there are more at the bottom of this post) Mal Nicholson is running training days for folks interested in learning how to sail the Humber sloop Spider T. Sailing working craft of her type and size requires somewhat different skills compared with a small yacht or dinghy, and Mal’s […]