Originally Posted by sparklepl3nty
I'd make the argument that many of these sailors and explorers (in reference to officers) were by no means heading to sea blindly. There are thousands of years of knowledge and sailing lore that we use today. ..
There's an interesting little article on NatGeo about hurricanes, and instead of quoting it I'll just link to it. (Hurricanes of History -- From Dinosaur Times to Today
And no, most of these ships didn't have engines or electric ships, but they did have hand pumps, which can go a long way.
Indeed, very interesting the article. And of course there is not needed a Hurricane to think a ship, a bad storm will do and many, even some modern ones, have suffer that fate.
One of the more impressive statements about that is what we call the História trágico marítima, this:
"The História trágico-marítima (trans. Tragic History of the Sea) is a famous 18th C. collection of narrative accounts of the travails and wrecks of several Portuguese ships, principally carracks (naus) on the India run between 1552 to 1602, and the oft-harrowing stories of their survivors.
The accounts (some of which had been previously published as pamphlets) were collected by historian Bernardo Gomes de Brito and published in two volumes in 1735 and 1736. It is said that Brito had enough material to publish five volumes, but ended up only publishing two. .."
História trágico-marítima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There are incredible stories on that book and it is a very interesting one, a true and rare description of old tragedies and shipwrecks.
The book was translated to English:
The Tragic History of the Sea