Re: On working aloft.
> > What exactly did the sailors do when they went aloft to work thesails?
Very interesting post.
I have a couple of questions left over my reading "Two years before
the mast" several years ago. Dana said in a prolog that he was not
going to explain nautical terminology, and didn't. Anyone who knows
the answers to these may chime it.
He used the phrase "on a taut bowline", apparently to mean, "sailing
to windward." I assume that means that a rope from the rig to the bow
was taut. Does it have anything to do with the use of "bowline" as
the name of a knot?
There is also description of furling sails in bad weather which
suggests that the topman nearest the end of the yard had a
particularly tricky task in getting a line/gasket/?? properly in
place. Possibly he had to pass a loop over the end of the yard. Any