Thank you so much. I read the books
of Patrick O'Brien, the Captain
Aubrey series. As much for their history
as their adventure. The English
Naval ships would lose as much as a third of their crew each year or so, to harsh weather
, poor food
, and lack of vitamin C and falls.
Most couldn't swim and few vessels would turn back for a MOB
Every time I see an old boat I touch my forlock to the men
who sailed them, without engines, without much in the way of maps, and navigating by the stars alone.
And the respect too, to the Polynesians who did so much in the pacific in such little boats.
By gone times, fortunately, but only one or two generations away.