37194RE: 1812 Re: Seamen's Shoes
- Aug 18 9:28 PMDale,
You are dead on the mark. Even with the daily grinding of holystones
and swabbing, the tar seams were a great bother in the Carribean and
Mediterranean Seas. With the sunlight from directly overhead and
temperatures ranging from a "cool" 100 degrees F. through 130 degrees
F., shoes were known to stick and be pulled off (I assume the buckled
variety) just as they were known to fall from the yardarms. Some
officers and definitely all midshipmen were sent aloft.
Apparently there was no article of war to protect sailors from being
struck by the officers' shoes although the reverse would earn the
sailor a visit to see the Bosun's pet cat "Scourge".
Alternately, the swelling ridges and stickiness of the tar (and cord)
caulking would provide improved traction.
From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Dale Kidd
Sent: August 18, 2008 7:25 PM
Subject: 1812 Re: Seamen's Shoes
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Colin" <usmarine1814@...> wrote:
so How was this done in 1812? Different shoe construction? DIfferent
> materials.. Was sand on the deck more often than just in battle?
Certainly not sand. The daily swabbing of the deck each morning was
concluded with the decks being flogged (mopped) dry and clean.
A thought, though... The decks of period ships were caulked with tar,
which must have been fairly sticky in it's own right. I wonder if the
caulking strips between the deckboards provided some traction?
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