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Originally Posted by QuickMick View Post
sailingdog has a good point. also, much terminology hasnt changed for eons,
Although the little details may trip up an author. Do you use larboard or port?

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Research is key.
Patrick O'Brian did an amazing job researching for the Aubrey, Maturin series of books.
A few more books to look into:
'The Last time around Cape Horn' by Peter Stark
'Rounding the Horn' by Dallas Murphy
A few Jack London books may help too.

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My point about crewing on a tall ship has far more to do with learning and understanding the mechanics of sailing a tall ship. While the terminology is probably mostly the same, there will be differences based on what time period the OP is writing about.


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Thank you everyone!

Books are perfect, because I can scribble down some notes as I go - thanks!!

Sailingdog - the book is actually set in an agrarian (sp?) world - think 1800's and definitely before the industrial period set in.
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Check out the Star of India at the San Diego Maritime Museum. It is the oldest still working ship. 1863 I think was the launch date. It started its life sailing immigrants from England to New Zealand. I believe they went around Africa on these voyages. Then was used as an Alaskan Trader from the west coast to Alaska and back. Going to these types of museums will give you good feel as there may be lots of displays on the times and the way life was like then. When I was there they had a group of 12 year olds staying the night and being treated as though they were crew. I heard lots of "Aye Aye Captains" while touring the boat.

Of the books suggested "Two years before the mast" would be more appropriate as a non military ship. But the O'brian stuff is also very good info on sailing at the time.

I doubt there were many trips between SF and NZ then though. These voyages were very expensive. People were willing to pay these fairs to get to the New World but I don't think there was much traffic between the SF and NZ unless they were whaling. You might find some history on boats from China and Japan to SF though.

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