Seamanship in the Age of Sail by John Harland (2003)
Seamanship in the Age of Sail: An Account of the Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-of-War 1600-1860, Based on Contemporary Sources (Hardcover)
Model makers, marine painters, and enthusiasts need to know not only how the ships were rigged but how much sail was set in each condition of wind and sea, how the various maneuvers were carried out, and the intricacies of operations like reefing sails or ‘catting’ an anchor.
John Harland has provided what is undeniably the most thorough book on handling square-rigged ships.
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