⚓♡salt air⊰⛵ . “Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.” ~Charles G. Davis

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Careening and re-caulking. First one ran a ship into shallow water and waited for the tide. Once 'high and dry' the ship's hull would be 'careened', (removing barnacles to make the ship faster). Next one caulked using oakum (rope fibres) and hot, smoky tar. One worked quickly before the tide returned: hence the phrases moving 'like smoke and oakum' and going at it 'hammer and tongs' (one used tongs to dip the oakum in the hot tar, then a hammer drove the fibres between the planks).

Careening and re-caulking. First one ran a ship into shallow water and waited for the tide. Once 'high and dry' the ship's hull would be 'careened', (removing barnacles to make the ship faster). Next one caulked using oakum (rope fibres) and hot, smoky tar. One worked quickly before the tide returned: hence the phrases moving 'like smoke and oakum' and going at it 'hammer and tongs' (one used tongs to dip the oakum in the hot tar, then a hammer drove the fibres between the planks).

Isabeau Grey: There is a quiet, lonely and soulful beauty about ships on a calm sea veiled in a diaphanous mist.

Isabeau Grey: There is a quiet, lonely and soulful beauty about ships on a calm sea veiled in a diaphanous mist.

Black Sails ~ S3 XIX. Billy Bones and John Silver watching Captain Benjamin Hornigold's ship approaching The Walrus.

Black Sails ~ S3 XIX. Billy Bones and John Silver watching Captain Benjamin Hornigold's ship approaching The Walrus.

“After a time I found that I could almost listen to the silence, which had a dimension all of its own. I started to attend to its strange and beautiful textures.”

“After a time I found that I could almost listen to the silence, which had a dimension all of its own. I started to attend to its strange and beautiful textures.”

Port Royal, Jamaica by Sarel Theron.  Home of the Buccaneers and Pirate, Henry Morgan.

Port Royal, Jamaica by Sarel Theron. Home of the Buccaneers and Pirate, Henry Morgan.

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