2012 Reprint of 1819 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This is a highly illustrative and important rigging and seamanship manual of early 19th century, first published by Darcy Lever in 1808. It was regarded as a standard textbook for the Merchant and Royal Navy. The manual includes 111 explanatory plates containing 587 illustrations covering all aspects of practical seamanship including sails, shrouds, masts, tackles, ropes, knotting, rigging, ship positions, anchors, buoys and the compass. Ever wonder how the rigging looked, or how the seamen rove up the standing rigging? Ever wonder how to right a ship on her beam ends? Ever wonder how sailors famous sailors of the era remembered all the terms and procedures, or what they referred to while they mastered the art of seamanship? This book is one of the tools they employed.