Textbook of Seamanship
Text-Book of Seamanship, 1891, is an updated age of sail textbook at the beginning of the true transition of warships from sail to steam power.In this online version of the manual we have attempted to keep the flavor of the original layout while taking advantage of the Web’s universal accessibility. Different browsers and fonts will cause the text to move, but the text will remain roughly where it is in the original manual. We have not attempted to correct any errors found in the original document. However, this text was captured by optical character recognition and then encoded for the Web which has added new errors we wish to correct.Please report any typos, or particularly annoying layout issues with the Mail Feedback Form for correction.Richard Pekelney
SEAMANSHIPTHE EQUIPPING AND HANDLING OF
UNDER SAIL OR STEAM.FOR THE USE OF THE
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY.BY
COMMODORE S. B. LUCE, U. S. NAVY.REVISED AND ENLARGED BY
LIEUTENANT AARON WARD, U. S. NAVY.WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DRAWN BY
LIEUTENANT S. SEABURY, U. S. NAVY.New York:
VAN NOSTRAND COMPANY,
23 MURRAY STREET & 27 WARREN STREET.
Copyright, 1834, by D. Von Nostrand
SMITH & MCDOUGAL,
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION.
THIS work, originally compiled in haste to meet the immediate wants of the Naval Academy, and revised at different periods under the pressure of other duties, has not merited the place it has so long occupied as a text-book.Of this the compiler has been fully conscious. Its deficiencies were so numerous and so obvious and the circumstances under which it was prepared so well known that apologies seemed altogether superfluous.
It was for long years supposed, moreover, that some more competent hand would have undertaken an entirely new work.
Finding this expectation not realized, Lieutenant Aaron Ward has kindly consented to undertake the task of revision. He has performed his work intelligently and well, leaving out what was obsolete, introducing much new material, rearranging the subjects, and bringing the text down to the present time.
He has been ably assisted by Lieutenant Samuel Seabury, who has contributed some four hundred new illustrations and revised the old ones.
GRATEFUL acknowledgments are due to those whose contributions to the text have enhanced the value of this work.
Commander F. V. McNair has permitted the use of his pamphlet on Seamanship Drills.
The chapter on the Laws of Storms is taken principally from the lecture of Lieutenant-Commander Thomas Nelson, Vol. V, Proceedings U. S. Naval Institute.
Chapter XIX. is practically a reprint of Lieutenant D. Delehanty’s pamphlet: “Cadet Midshipman’s Manual.”
Chapter XXXV. has been prepared from notes furnished by Lieutenant-Commander Z. L. Tanner, together with data from the lectures of Constructor R. H. White, R. N., and from the professional pamphlets of the German Admiralty on steamers and screw propulsion.
The suggestions made by Boatswain Robert Anderson, U. S. N., have been of special importance. Getting a lower yard on board, sending down a lower yard inside of rigging, rigging derricks, and carrying out anchors between two cutters in shoal water, are described from actual work performed under his direction.
To Commander Taylor, Lieutenants Berry, Nazro, and Holman, U. S. N., and to many other officers, sincere thanks are tendered for their assistance and suggestions in the revision of the proofs.