Re: [War Of 1812] Orderss For Boatwork
- Give Way Together
Leaning back, and using the body more than the arms, the oarsmen dip their
blades and begin to pull in an easy rhythm, lifting the blade clear of the
water when recovering, and following the speed and rhythm set by the Stroke
Oar, the oarsman closest to the coxswain.
These orders are exactly the same ones I learned in the Sea Cadets in the
1960s BUT there were a couple of small refinements in the above order.
The order was given 'Give Way, Together'
All oars are dipped in the water and the coxwain observes that all oarsmen
are dipped and ready to pull.
The oarsmen pull in absolute unison guided by the stroke (this took a long
time to master on our first day as I remember, however once we had it mastered
the whole thing went "Give Way (beat) Together").
Also during the pulling we were told it weas very imprtant to feather the
oars during the stroke which was done by cocking the wrist back as soon as the
blade leaves the water, this reduces wind resistance onthe oars HOWEVER it is
most important that the wrist (and blade) is returned to its original
position before the bade re-eners the water.
The Eaton Boating song
Jolly boating weather,
And a Hay harvest breeze,
Blade on the feather,
Shade of the trees.
So we'll all pull together,
Our bodies between our knees,
We'll all swing together
Our bodies between our knees.
Harrow may be more aincent,
Rugby may make more row,
But we'll all swing together,
Steady from stroke to prow.
And Nothing in life shall sever
The chain that is round us now,
Nothing in life shall sever,
The chain that is round us now.
Of course the future Duke of Wellington hated his time at Eaton, which might
be why he (and so many others who went there) joined the army!
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