Notes on Sail in the Nineteenth Century

By Commander R. Grenfell, published February 1933


These notes endeavour to give a more comprehensive understanding of the working of naval ships under sail. What was actually done in practice under differing conditions of wind and weather, in different classes of ships and under different Admirals, rather than the dis-jointed procedures given in the Seamanship Manuals of the period. They give the personal recollections of those who had actual experience of life at sea under sail and who were familiar with the detailed general organisation for sail drills and working ship. The notes also give detailed descriptions of the responsibilities of individual seamen and parts of ship and they provide a fascinating record of the terminology applicable at the time, some of which is still used today in the modern Navy.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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