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“Shows a man overboard. Before a Boat can be lowered, a Ship must be rounded to, taking 10 to 20 minutes the man would probably be lost.” Is there any documentary evidence to show that a rescue was successful in those days?
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.
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