[Public-list] careening ship

Gordon Laco mainstay at csolve.net
Wed Jan 19 13:48:26 PST 2005

Yes, well there is more...

Not to be overlooked in the cascade of food and drink to leeward was a
complete table setting of port wine that had been laid out for Capt Smithers
return.  (Quite an array of crystal and liquid as he was known to have 13
mistresses who all shared his cabin at once).

When he stepped on board his first words were "where's the port".  All hands
pointed to larboard, and upon seeing the loss, the Captain dropped dead.
Larboard has been called port ever since....

> Gordon,
> I love these history lesson. Keep them coming.
> Mike Lehman
>> <((((º>¸.·´¯`·...¸><((((º>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gordon Laco" <mainstay at csolve.net>
> To: "Alberg 30 Public List -- open to all" <public-list at alberg30.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 4:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [Public-list] careening ship
>> George is right -
>> Untold damage was done to H.M.S. Thucydides in 1778 when she was careened
>> on
>> the shingle at Torbay.  Capt. Smithers was ashore visiting he mistresses
>> and
>> left oversight of the operation in the hands of a negligent junior
>> officer.
>> The actual careening took place at a meal time and it is rumoured that 561
>> mess kids and 743 mugs overset.  The ensuing mayhem resulted in a sloppy
>> mess that was discussed for decades around galley stoves the world over.
>> Gord #426 Surprise
>>> Yes, I would worry about point loading on the hull.  Holding the weight
>>> of the boat on the keel, is one thing.  Holding it on a relatively small
>>> portion of the upper hull, is quite another.
>>> I would suggest dropping the boat in a swimming pool and heeling her
>>> over.
>>> - George
>>> P.S. I presume the mast is down and the dinghy is not tied to the stern.
>>> Gordon Laco wrote:
>>>> Oh Roger you have a designer's knack of looking at things from new
>>>> angles!
>>>> I guess what you suggest might be a sensible thing but I would
>>>> recommend
>>>> that you bear in mind that while the hulls of our boats are quite
>>>> strong
>>>> they are relatively soft.  The side of the boat that she is resting
>>>> upon
>>>> will push in; and of course come back out again (presumably to her old
>>>> shape) when she is lifted again.  To my mind you might be encouraging
>>>> the
>>>> creation of deep cracks in the somewhat brittle gel coat.
>>>> However - that opinion is based solely on gut feeling - maybe it's a
>>>> great
>>>> idea... Anyone else?
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