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L. Francis Herreshoff - boat designer... and guns
I often read old books from the library, I get points of view that are different than today's, but sometimes interesting or useful.
I was reading L. Francis Herreshoff's "Sensible Cruising Designs" when I came across a statement that surprised me, and which I thought might surprise others.
He believes in simplicity (for example, a cedar bucket for a toilet, can be used anywhere and good if sick) and breaks down the cabin necessities into two groups. Those things which are kept aboard, and those brought aboard for each trip.
Here is a quote:
"The things kept on board might be the stove, pressure cooker, pipe berths, Hudson Bay blankets, oilskins, a clam hoe, and, because a cabin does not look homelike without it, also a gun. Oh yes; and the cedar bucket."
I'm surprised at how much things have changed. Of course, he also mentions personally plowing (farmland) with horses, so he has an old fashioned viewpoint. I guess what surprises me the most is the idea that the cabin doesn't look "homelike" without a gun plainly visible. He later expands on hanging the gun on strong wooden brackets, how to shellac it against rust, and shooting a revolver from a yacht "quite safe when sensibly done, and perhaps the best training for coordinating the hands and eyes." He clearly views the gun as a tool, like the clam hoe.
I'm not trying to argue about it, just thought others might be interested in an old fashioned view before TV and movies and political correctness muddied the waters. I won't be responding to those who wish to turn this into a pro/anti gun argument, it is simply historical fact.