Monthly: December 2008

28 Dec

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Chine bLog

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Interesting blog called Chine bLog. Many links to and discussions about traditional small craft. His latest post includes a world map with links to specific regional craft featured in previous posts. —Eds

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21 Dec

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Small-Boat Sailing

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If you’ve never read Jack London’s essay on small-boat sailors, you might find it interesting. –Eds

It begins:

SMALL-BOAT SAILING by Jack London

A sailor is born, not made. And by “sailor” is meant, not the average efficient and hopeless creature who is found to-day in the forecastle of deepwater ships, but the man who will take a fabric compounded of wood and iron and rope and canvas and compel it to obey his will on the surface of the sea. Barring captains and mates of big ships, the small- boat sailor is the real sailor. He knows–he must know–how to make the wind carry his craft from one given point to another given point. He must know about tides and rips and eddies, bar and channel markings, and day and night signals; he must be wise in weather-lore; and he must be sympathetically familiar with the peculiar qualities of his boat which differentiate it from every other boat that was ever built and rigged. He must know how to gentle her about, as one instance of a myriad, and to fill her on the other tack without deadening her way or allowing her to fall off too far.

The deepwater sailor of to-day needs know none of these things. And he doesn’t. He pulls and hauls as he is ordered, swabs decks, washes paint, and chips iron-rust. He knows nothing, and cares less. Put him in a small boat and he is helpless. He will cut an even better figure on the hurricane deck of a horse.

 Read the rest here.

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