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Post coping with the heat
i am looking for references of how the mariners coped with the heat encounted in the hot climates they sailed.

Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:10 pm
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Post Re: coping with the heat
At anchor, while sailing, or both?

One really basic device is an awning.

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Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:48 am
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"We crossed the line in about twenty-five degrees west longitude, and were becalmed thereabouts for nearly four weeks. The ship's company, between four and five in the afternoon, used to bathe alongside in a steering sail, with shot tied in the middle to make it sink; when put into the water and extended it formed a large and deep bath, and the sharks could not molest us, although they were always upon the look-out to sieze anything that fell overboard."

From: "The Life of a Sea Officer" by Jeffrey Baron de Raigersfeld. Chapter entitled "Second Voyage"; ie: on HMS VESTAL. Dates in Raigersfeld's autobiography are vague and unreliable. The Introduction by L.G. Carr Laughton suggests a date of about January 1788, and that VESTAL was becalmed for only 10 days.

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