And hammocks are a Caribbean island invention that predates Columbus, so you
have to figure... Columbus or his colleagues brings back to the Old World a
novel way of sleeping.... but sailors can be conservative people, so it will
take a little time before the new THING is adopted. Then the innovation has
to overcome nationalistic prejudice before it is (perhaps) adopted from the
Spaniards and Portuguese by the British... So the Mary Rose is a little
early to see hammock hooks on and English ship. Give them a little more
time. 17th Century, then, makes some sense.
]On Behalf Of Ralph Lindberg
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 7:32 PM
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Shipboard Conditions
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, "Barbara Dodge" <awench1@...>
> Hmmmm, bed doubling as your coffin. Is this maybe where the phrase
about Davey Jones's locker comes from?
Actually the hammocks were used as coffins also. You were wrapped in
your hammock, it was weighted and "over the side".
> As far as everyone having a bed, couldn't they have half as many
beds thereby saving room. The men would sleep in shifts/duty
...em hot racking, bad, very bad. Last time they tried that on me I
pointed out my position and that, by regulation, I couldn't be asked
to hot-rack. Suddenly we had fewer "observers".
As to the mention of ships crew size merchant vrs warship. From the
day there was one of each, the crew sizes have been different. A
merchant ship used as few people as possible, while a warship always
carried extra "bodies". The examples of this can be seen in every era.
OK, there is an exception, the DD-21 (DD-X) program of the US Navy,
which reduces the crew of a Destroyer from 200 to 300 to (about) 95.
First US warship, where the plan is each crewmen will have a (private)
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