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

Tait's Seamanship 1913 Cover

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 beam ends, and which mast to start with, the importantce of maintaining ships boats in usable condition, and the reason why seamen who are cast adrift should soak their underpants in sea water. I’m not sure I really believe that last one, by the way.

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