Politics is nothing. We are free only on the ocean. ~ Renato Beluche
Monday, September 24, 2012
Tools of the Trade: Preparing for Battle
...Should time allow, preparation of a ship for action should follow the usual recommendations. Send topgallant masts and yards on deck, as well as all running rigging that can be spared, studding sail booms, topgallant rigging, wet the sails, get down fore and mizzen topsail yards, house the topmasts, lash them to the lower masts. Pass a hawser round outside the rigging ready for frapping in a wreck, grapnels on each quarter to prevent any gear fouling the stern, snake the stays and backstays, toggle the braces, yards braced sharp up, anchors lashed, boom boats ready for hoisting out, bowsprit and jibboom run in, spare wheel ropes rove, relieving tackles on, preventer stays on the masts, etc.
~ from A Midshipman's Manual c 1811, author unknown Header: Pirates Watching a Ship Burn by Norman Mills Price via American Gallery