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The Kedge Anchor; Or, Young Sailors' Assistant


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Publisher Comments:

Upon its mid-19th-century publication, this book became the Bible of U.S. sailors. Its no-nonsense prose gives specific instructions for knotting and rigging, blacking the guns, and stationing the crew to dealing with the direst emergencies. Enhanced with 70 rare engravings, a glossary of sea terms, and 100 pages of useful tables.

Book News Annotation:

Dating from the middle nineteenth-century, this sailor's guide describes every aspect of sailing the period's great ships. Instructions are offered for knotting, rigging, blacking the guns, stationing the crew, unbending topsails, preparing for a hurricane, putting out fires, surviving a battle, retrieving a "man overboard," and abandoning ship. Seventy engravings, a glossary of sea terms, and 100 pages of tables are included.
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Upon its mid-19th-century publication, this book became the Bible of U.S. sailors. Its no-nonsense prose gives specific instructions for knotting and rigging, blacking the guns, and stationing the crew to dealing with the direst emergencies. Enhanced with 70 rare engravings, a glossary of sea terms, and 100 pages of useful tables.

Table of Contents


1. To knot a Rope-Yarn

2. To make a Fox

3. To make a Spanish Fox

4. To make a Knittle

5. Overhanded Knot

6. Figure of Eight-Knot

7. Two Half-Hitches

8. Reef or Square Knot

9. A Bowline Knot

10. Bowline on the Bight

11. A Running Bowline

12. A Timber-Hitch

13. A Fisherman's Bend

14. A Rolling Bend

15. A Carrick Bend

16. a Cat's-Paw

17. a Sheet or Becket Bend

18. A Black-Wall Hitch

19. A Rolling Hitch

20. A Salvagee Strap

21. A Pudding for a Mast or Yard

22. A Short Splice

23. A Long Splice

24. An Eye Splice

25. A Cut Splice

26. A Flemsih Eye

27. An Artificial Eye

28. To worm and serve a Rope

29. To clap on a Throat and Quarter Seizing

30. To make a Turk's Head

31. To Sheepshank a Rope or Backstay

32. To put a Strand in a Rope

33. To Wall and Crown

34. To make a Mathew Walker

35. A Spritsail Sheet Knot

36. A Shroud-Knot

37. A French Shroud Knot

38. A single Diamond Knot

39. A double Diamond Knot

40. A Stopper Knot

41. A Buoy-rope Knot

42. A Common Sennit

43. A Sea Gasket

44. A Panch or Wrought Mat

45. A Harbor Gasket or French Sennit

46. Pointing a Rope

47. To make a Grommet

48. To pass a Rose-Lashing

49. To weave a Sword Mat

50. A Lashing Cleat

51. "A Shell, Pin and Sheave"

52. "A Single, Double and Treble Block"

53. A Shoulder Block

54. A Fiddle Block

55. A Shoe Block

56. A Sister Block

57. A Dead-Eye

58. A Heart

59. A Belaying-pin Rack

60. A Euphroe

61. A Horn Cleat

62. A B-Cleat

63. A Strap for a Block

64. A Tail Block

65. A Purchase Block

66. A Top Block

67. a Cat Block

68. A Snatch Block

69. A Nun Buoy

70. To bend a Buoy-Rope

71. To Pudding the Ring of an Anchor

72. A Jacob's Ladder

73. Can-Hooks

74. Hogshead Slings

75. Barrel Slings

76. A Single Whip

77. A Gun-Tackle Purchase

78. A Luff-Tackle Purchase

79. A Top Burton

80. Whip and Runner

81. Runner and Tackle

82. A Twofold Purchase

83. A Threefold Purchase

84. Names of Ropes


85. Launching a Ship

86. Cutting out Standing Rigging

87. Cutting out Topmast and Top-gallant Rigging

88. Cutting out Breast and Standing Back-stays

89. Cutting out Catharpen Legs and Futtock Shrouds

90. Cuttinng out Fore and Aft Stays

91. Cutting out Lower Mast Head Pendants

92. Cutting out Bobstays

93. Cutting out Bowsprit Shrouds

94. Cutting out Jib and Flying Jib Guys

95. Cutting out Running Rigging

96. Rigging Shears and taking in Masts and Bowsprit

97. To take in the Mizen Mast

98. To take in the Main and Foremast

99. To take in the Bowsprit

100. Gammoning the Bowsprit

101. Fitting Rigging

102. Fitting Mast-head Pendants

103. Fitting Lower and Topmast Stays

104. To Rig the Foremast

105. Futtock Shrouds

106. To Rig the Main and Mizen Mast

107. To Rig the Bowsprit

108. Getting Tops over (whole Tops)

109. Getting Half-tops over

110. Getting up Top-blocks

111. Getting up Top-masts

112. Getting the Cap into the Top

113. Turning in Dead-eyes

114. Getting Topmast Cross-trees over

115. Placing Topmast Rigging

116. To seize-in the Sister Blocks

117. Backstays (Breast)

118. Standing After Backstays

119. Main Topmast Stay

120. Mizen Topmast Stay

121. Getting the Topmast Caps on

122. "Mast-head Man-ropes. andc., andc."

123. Top-Tackle Pendants

124. Preparing to Fd the Topmasts

125. Rattling the Lower and Topmast Rigging

126. Futtock Staves in Topmast Rigging

127. To Rig the Jib-Boom

128. Jib-Boom Martingale Stay

129. Jib-Boom Guys

130. Martingale Back-ropes

131. Placing the Rigging on a Dolphin Striker

132. Getting the Jib-Boom out

133. Sending up Topgallant Masts

134. Royal Rigging

135. Short and Long Topgallant Mast Ropes

136. To Rig the Flying Jib-Boom

137. Spritsail Lifts

138. Spritsail Braces

139. Strapping Thimbles for Guys on Spritsail yard

140. Crossing a Spritsail Yard

141. Two Half-spritsail Yards

142. Whiskers

143. To get on board and rig Lower Yards

144. Truss Straps

145. Truss Pendants

146. Quarter Blocks-Lower Yards

147. Clew Garnet Blocks

148. Lift Blocks-Lower Yards

149. Foot Ropes and Stirrups

150. Jack Stays-Bending and Reefing

151. Brace Blocks-Lower Yards

152. Placing the Rigging on Lower yards

153. Getting up Jeer Blocks and Reeving Jeers

154. Lower Lift Blocks

155. Reeving Lower Lifts

156. "Main Braces, on Bumkin, andc."

157. Fore Braces

158. Crossing the Lower Yards

159. To get on board the Topsail Yards

160. "Rigging Topsail Yards, Fore and Main"

161. The Mizen-Topsail Yard

162. Placing the Rigging on Topsail Yards

163. Crossing the Topsail Yards

164. Fitting Fly-Blocks for Topsail-Halliards

165. Rigging Topgallant Yards

166. Topgallant Braces

167. Crossing Topgallant Yards

168. Crossing Royal Yards

169. Royal and Topgallant Gear

170. Spanker-Boom Trysail-Masts and Gaff

171. Spanker-Boom Sheets and Guys in one

172. Spanker-Boom Topping Lifts

173. A Brig or Schooner's Main-Boom

174. Reeving Peak-Halliards

175. Reeving Throat-Halliards

176. To Fit Single Vangs

177. To Fit Double Vangs

178. Fitting Gaffs with Cheek or Brail-Blocks

179. Getting up a Gaff

180. Lower Studding-sail or Swinging-Booms

181. "Lower Studding-sail Outhaul-Blocks, andc., andc."

182. "Topmast Studding-sail, Span-Blocks, Halliards, andc."

183. Topgallant Studding-sail Booms

184. Getting Studding-sail Booms up

185. Topgallant Studding-sail Gear

186. Stowing Hold and Spirit Room (Ballast and Tanks)

187. Stowing Casks

188. Stowage of Provisions and Naval Stores

189. Stowing Chain Cables

190. To get on Board and Stow the Hemp Cables

191. Cat-head Stoppers

192. Shank Painter

193. Fish Davit Gear

194. "Getting on Board, and Stowing Anchors"

195. Bending the Cables

196. To Range and Stopper the Cables

197. "Stoppers, andc"

198. "Compressors, or Combing Stoppers"

199. Putting on Nippers

200. "Iron Claw Stoppers, andc."

201. To Cut and Pass a Messenger

202. Splicing Rope Cables

203. To Ship and Unship a Rudder

204. Getting the Guns on Board

205. Fitting Shackle Breechings

206. Triatic Stay

207. Hoisting in Spars

208 Stowing Booms

209. Fore Bowlines

210. Fore Topsail Clewlines

211. Topsail Buntlines

212. Fore-Top Bowlines

213. Main Buntlines

214. Fore Bowlines

215. Main Bowline

216. Top-Gallant Sheets

217. Top-Gallant Clewlines

218. Fore Topgallant Bowlines

219. Main Topgallant Bowlines

220. Mizen Topgallant Bowlines

221. Topgallant Buntlines

222. Royal Bowlines

223. Reef-Tackles

224. Leech-lines

225. Slab-lines

226. Royal Clew-lines

227. "Fitting Tacks and Sheets, Bumkin, Gear, andc."

228. Yard Tackle Tricing-lines

229. To Reeve and Toggle Royal Halliards

230. Fore-Storm Staysail Gear

231. Main-Staysail Gear

232. Mizen-Staysail Gear

233. "Topmast Staysails, andc. andc."

234. Setting up Rigging for a full due

235. Staying Masts

236. Blacking Rigging

237. Stationing the Crew

238. Stationing the Crew at Quarters

239. Stationing the Crew for Mooring and Unmooring

240. Loosing and Furling

241 Stationing the Crew for Tacking and Veering

242. Getting ready to Bend Sails

243. Bending Sails

244. Bending Small-sails

245. "Bending a Spanker, andc."

246. Fitting Sea-Gaskets

247. Fitting Harbor-Gaskets

248. Bunt-Gaskets

249. Hammock Girtlines

250. Stopping on Hammocks

251. "Furling or Stowing, the Bunt of a Sail"

252. Furling Courses

253. Making up Sails

254. To make up a Topmast Studding-sail

255. "Furling Fore and Aft Sails, with cloths or covers"

256. "Reefing Courses, andc.,-Jackstays"

257. Reef Earings

258. Bending Studding-sails

259. "Preparations for leaving the Wharf, and hauling out in the Stream"

260. Carrying out an Anchor with a Boat

261. Marking the Lead-line

262. Heaving the Lead

263. Marking a Log-line

264. Getting ready for Sea

265. Clear Hawse

266. Weighing an Anchor with the Launch

267. Weighing an Anchor with a Buoy Rope

268. Boating an Anchor

269. Taking in a Launch

270. Taking in Boats both sides at once


271. Getting under-weigh

272. "When the Messenger Strands, or is likely to part"

273. "To get under-weigh, and stand before the Wind"

274. To get under-weigh and back a-stern to avoid danger

275. Getting under-weigh-a Shoal on each Beam

276. Getting under-weigh in a Narrow Channel

277. Head to Wind-cast on Larboard Tack

278. Windward Tide-get under-weigh and stand before the wind

279. "To get under-weigh, and stand out on a wind"

280. "Riding head to Tide-wind on the Starboard Quarter, get under-weigh on the Starboard Tack"

281. Getting under-weigh-wind across the Tide

282. To back and fill in a Tideway

283. Driving before the Wind

284. Driving broadside-to

285. Securing the Ship for Sea

286. Stowing the Anchors for Sea

287. Setting Topgallant sails-blowing fresh

288. Setting Courses

289. Setting the Spanker

290. Setting the Jib

291. Setting Lower Studding-sails

292. Shifting a Course at Sea

293. Taking in a Course in a Gale of Wind

294. Taking in a Topsail in a Gale of Wind

295. Taking in a Topgallant Sail

296. Taking in a Spanker

297. Setting a Close-reefed Topsail

298. A Close-reefed Topsail Splits

299. A Jib Splits

300. "Wearing a Ship under a Close-reefed Main-Topsail, and Storm-staysail"

301. Wearing under a Main-sail

302. Wearing under Bare Poles

303. Cutting away the Masts

304. Laying-to under Lower Stay-sails-Wear Ship


305. Precautions for Scudding

306. Scudding-a Ship Broaches-to

307. Scudding-brought by the Lee

308. Heaving-to

309. Taking in a Lower Studding-sail-blowing fresh

310. To unbend a Topsail in a gale of wind

311. Securing in a Gale

312. Preparations for a Hurricane at Sea

313. "Preparations for a Hurricane, at Anchor, and Notes on Barometer"

314. The Foremast is carried away

315. To Rig a Jury Mast

316. Accidents to Tiller in the event of losing a Mast

317. The Mainmast is carried away

318. The Bowsprit is carried away

319. A Topmast is carried away

320. The Jib-Boom is carried away

321. "The Foremast is sprung near the Hounds, or Bibbs"

322. The Foremast and Bowsprit are carried away

323. The Bowsprit is Sprung

324. A Topmast is Sprung near the Lower Cap

325. "To send aloft a Topmast, and a heavy Sea on"

326. The Gammoning carried away

327. A Lower Cap splits

328. The Trestle-trees are Sprung

329. A Lower Yard is carried away in the Slings

330. A Topsail Yard is carried away

331. The Ship leaks faster than the Pumps can free her

332. The Pumps are choked

333. A Shot gets loose in a Gun secured for a Gale

334. To throw a Lower-deck Gun overboard


335. To turn Reefs out of the Topsails and Courses

336. The Rudder is carried away-to fit another

337. A Ship on fire at Sea

338. A Ship on her beam ends

339. "Wind free, all sail set, struck by a Squall"

340. Struck by a Squall on a Lee Shore

341. Struck by a Squall under whole Topsails and Courses

342. On a wind under whole Topsails-part the weather Main Topsail brace

343. The Jib Downhaul parts

344. To Chase

345. To Chase to Windward

346. Observations for a Ship to Windward that is chased

347. To Chase to Leeward

348. "To Windward of an enemy within pistol-shot-the weather main rigging is shot away, both ships with main Topsails to the mast"

349. "Wind on the Quarter, all sail set-bring by under double-reefed Topsails"

350. "Wind on the Quarter, all sail set-bring to on the other Tack under double-reefed Topsails"

351. How to get the Achor off the Bows

352. "Anchor head to wind, wind free"

353. To Anchor on a Lee Shore

354. Scudding under a Foresail-to come to an Anchor

355. To make a Flying moor

356. To Moor with a long scope of chain

357. Blowing Fresh-in Port

358. Send down Lower Yards

359. To House Topmasts

360. To back a Bower by a Stream

361. To Sweep for an Anchor

362. Preparations for leaving Harbor

363. Weighing Anchor in a head Sea

364. Casting or Cutting the Cable

365. Clinching Cables

366. Fitting Buoy-Ropes

367. "Jib-Halliards, with a Whip"

368. "Jib-Sheets, double"

369. Wrecked in a Gale

370. Setting up Rigging at Sea

371. Slacking the Jib-stay in bad weather

372. Stopping out Top-Gallant Yard Ropes

373. Preventer Braces

374. Keeping a Clear Anchor

375. Anchor turning in the ground

376. To tend to a weather Tide

377. A Man overboard (at sea)

378. Jib and Staysail Halliard Blocks at Mast-head

379. To keep the Hawse clear when Moored

380. To tend to Windward-single Anchor

381. To tend to Leeward

382. To Back Ship at Anchor

383. To break the Shear

384. On Getting to Sea

385. On Fire Regulations in the Merchant Service

386. Station Bill for fire in the Merchant Service

387. Taking to the Boats

388. "Losing a Rudder at a Critical Moment, andc."

389. Steamers getting aground

390. The duty of remaining by a damaged Vessel


391. On Squaring Yards

392. Up Topgallant Masts and Yards-the Mast being on deck

393. Down Topgallant Masts and Yards

394. "Crossing Topgallant and Royal Yards, and loosing Sails"

395. Top-Mast carried away

396. Clearing the Wreck of a Topmast

397. Carrying away a Jib-Boom

398. To fish a Lower Yard in the Shortest Time

399. Expectation of losing a Lower Mast

400. "Lying-to in a Gale, after the loss of Masts"

401. Spars to convert in case of need

402. Getting aground

403. The Ballast shifting at Sea

404. Vessels Surprised on Opposite Tacks

405. Meeting at Sea

406. A Hint on Running too long

407. A Hint on Rounding-to in a Gale

408. On Making your Port

409. Laying off and on to enter a port

410. To Anchor and Veer a long Scope of Cable

411. Preparations-Going into Harbor

412. "Cautions a

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Brady, William
Dover Publications
Mineola, NY
Ships & Shipbuilding - General
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
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Upon its mid-19th-century publication, this book became the Bible of U.S. sailors. Its no-nonsense prose gives specific instructions for knotting and rigging, blacking the guns, and stationing the crew to dealing with the direst emergencies. Enhanced with 70 rare engravings, a glossary of sea terms, and 100 pages of useful tables.
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