The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor: Or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship (Dover Maritime) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1998/8/10
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First published in 1808, The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor became a standard guide throughout the 19th century in both England and the United States. Author Darcy Lever compiled the text for "a young gentleman whose inclinations at that time led him to the choice of a sea-faring life," and he later expanded its contents for the general use of young officers in the Royal Navy and East India Company.
Starting with a precise explanation of the principles of rigging, the text proceeds to a well-defined account of a ship's operation through the effect of the wind on its sails. Tacking, use of a compass, the art of swinging a ship at single anchor, casting, and numerous other aspects of seamanship receive close attention and clear definitions. Detailed drawings accompany the ample directions for splicing ropes, making sails, and other practical measures; indeed, every other page of this book features clear, well-drawn illustrations of the procedure under discussion and its execution.
This rare volume, an authentic look at the maritime world of the 19th century, belongs in the library of every ship fancier, model builder, and naval historian.
The "archaic language" should not put anyone off, we are not talking about Chaucer, just endearingly quaint phrasing. Occasionally a sentence will have a word that seems somehow "wrong" until one remembers that even things like knowing the time of day (however approximate) were not to be assumed--adding to the enjoyment of the book.
The extensive drawings are sometimes unclear because of the reproduction process, a minor complaint since it is unlikely that anyone would treat this as their only guide to tying esoteric marine knots or splicing.
I also recommend The Art of Rigging. It takes you step-by-step through the process of rigging a full ship from the planning stages, to selection of sizes for spars and lines, through the prep work, to stepping the masts, fitting stays and setting up the running rigging. Biddlecombe (1807-1878) based this book on material from 1794. Traditional.