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Posted February 26, 2012
Fairly comprehensive book about ships and their rigging and knots and sails pulleys buoys and so on. Also covers just about any sailing problem or situation; cat an anchor? Load chests of money or bullion? Abandon ship? Everything is covered. If you wanted to write the next "Ramage" or "Horatio Hornblower" or Pirates of wherever this would give more research than you would need. But I am glad to find out at last that "worming" a rope has nothing icky about it. If it is splicing you want I would suggest a different book. The pictures here are too small. (The Flemish eye splice still finds me confused)
This book makes me understand why midshipmen started so young. (Even as late as WWII 12-year olds were serving on combatant ships) There was a lot to learn.
Very detailed Very technical A hard read. Good for scholars, researchers of the age of sail or anyone curious about the topics covered.