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Frank Scott

    Not sure who you are quoting, but in a naval vessel with plenty of trained manpower even 10 minutes sounds way too long to back a mast & lower the seaboat. In a merchant ship (other than East Indiaman) those figures are more plausible.
    More of an issue was the weather/ sea state limits for lowering a seaboat prior to the development of gear that released both davit falls simultaneously – Clifford’s of 1856 being the first to be adopted by the Royal Navy. See my letter about releasing gear in MM vol 92:3 (2006) pp 361-62.