The Lady Washington was rigged according to custom of the 1780s with 168 different lines, crewed by 14. The Hawaiian Chieftain was circa 1850, a bit smaller, and needed only 10 crew with fewer sails and lines.
The captain was a professional and the remaining crew were volunteers, the newest having to pay to sail on the ship for two weeks to gain basic skills. The crew were not characters in an historical re-creation, rather people trying to give tourists a taste of sailing from a few centuries ago, wearing traditional garments and sensible footwear.
Read the complete Portdaddia post from June 3, 2013 here.
Original post from May 6, 2013
I was working for KVAS Radio at 1490 Marine Drive and as part of the media stop got to stay onboard for one night as a crew member.
We all were responsible for a shift as a night watchman Staying awake wasn’t a problem as the below-deck hammocks aren’t built for comfort.
If the same protocol was in place now as when the Lady Washington’s predecessor was at sea, punishment for falling asleep on watch could be severe:
It is not the easiest matter in the world to get these sleeping hundreds out of their hammocks and at their posts on deck, in a reasonable time, and without noise or disorder. There are always skulkers, who, secure from passing observation, prefer the comforts of additional moments between their blankets, to a speedy exposure to the weather; To break up this practice, no means of punishment tried, has ever succeeded, but the application of the lash. -Naval handbook, 1885
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