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Old 03-17-2005, 10:10 PM   #16
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I could write a book on that boat.
One of our best episodes was firing a 'salute' at Nixon's 'Southern Whitehouse' on Key Biscane. This was originally done to show that your guns were empty upon entering a harbor. I never knew that we had so many federal employees, we were boarded by everybody. Held up for 4 hrs. and returned to our dock in Ft. Laud. after midnight. I told Dad that we had wind/current problems and the next morning it was in all of the papers. So much for lieing to the old man.

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Rich, Here's a hint. Brigs carried more fore and aft sails than any other european ship of that era. You aren't off of the pier yet and there is no diesel to fire up.
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Old 03-17-2005, 10:47 PM   #18
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Easy one first. You are moored to a pier that faces due North. You're layed Stb. side to. It's New England, the wind is from the ENE, blowing snot. The harbor is to the port and the inlet east. We're headed for South America and winter is coming. How do we get on our way?

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Not too bad. I was aboard the Enterprise and I believe that the lingo came froma Henry Fonda movie. What do I know? I was SAR, to get to sunshine could take 10 mins.
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Rich, Here's a hint. Brigs carried more fore and aft sails than any other european ship of that era. You aren't off of the pier yet and there is no diesel to fire up.
I ain't biting Teetor. In that pig you're not making any channel that lies to the east with a breeze that's not at least from the NNE or SSE. You just can't tell me you're making anything more than 20-25 degrees to the wind. And I seriously doubt that you're going anywhere without a full compliment of both square and fore'n aft canvass aloft. Nope, inlet to the east, wind from the ENE, you're drinkin' beer 'til something gives with the wind.
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Actually the quote is from "The Final Countdown" which was a B movie (and one of my favorites) that Blue Underground re-released last year on DVD. The quote was from Kirk Douglas actually.

I was not IN the Navy myself, have toured a carrier or two and I do not believe that your 10 min estimate is an exageration... talk about a maze.


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Pipe wins! In essence, you are pinned to the pier and should wait for more favorable winds. However, there is another way out.
Another clue, Brigs are relatively close to the water.
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Y'all are just talkin' a whole 'nother language here! It's fun, though!!

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Pipe wins! In essence, you are pinned to the pier and should wait for more favorable winds. However, there is another way out.
Another clue, Brigs are relatively close to the water.
CLOSE to the water?! Good God man, THEIY'RE IN THE FRIGGIN' WATER! I suppose if you scuttled the thing right there at the dock it would technically be even closer to the wtare but that would kinda' defeat the purpose, wouldn't it? :D
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I meant in profile, as opposed to galleons or full ships of the line.
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I meant in profile, as opposed to galleons or full ships of the line.
I know you were referring to its freeboard Teetor - just some good natured fun. What are you thinking of? Towing the bow through the wind with skiffs?
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You're good, Rich! Sounds like you have done some sailing. I would also lead a spring line aft so that all of the force from the longboat was directed into pulling the bow out.
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With a relatively small wind shift to the south you could probably get away from the pier with nothing but some springlines and backwinded sails. So much for adventures on the high seas - there are martinis waiting to be made.
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You don't get off that easily. I'm talking the NE, that crap can blow for a month.
You NEVER backwind a square rigger. That is only in the movies.

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