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42591Re: [civilwarwest] Between Wind and Water

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  • Ronald black
    Nov 19, 2006
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      Yes, the term goes back to the time of the sailing navies.  It means the area of a ship's hull between the waterline (water) and the sails (wind).  Hence, between wind and water and was used to designate the target area.  In a naval action, they aimed here to strike the hull.  Actually, most ships were captured after their masts and yardarms were knocked down.  This condition was called "unmasted" and the ship was helpless being no more than a log rolling in the water while the enemy ship was free to approach the helpless ship from any angle they choose.  An unmasted ship could not aim their guns and the rolling action prevented any thought of laying the guns on a proper elevation, in short, they were helpless.  This is how the U.S. S. Constitution captured the H. M. S. Macedonian.  Now you got me going on another military topic.
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      Subject: [civilwarwest] Between Wind and Water

      I ran across this nautical phrase while reading an account of Fort
      Danaldson. Flag Officer Foote used it in describing the hits suffered
      by his boats. "She was hit between the wind and water". Does anyone
      know what this means?

      Bill Bruner

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