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Old 05-14-2016, 08:03 AM   #1
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Does anyone know anything about sailing (18th century)

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I know it's a long shot, but does anyone here know about 18 th century sailing? Editing my next novel, and I could use the input (paid) about boats, knots, pirates, etc. I've read a lot of non-fiction about the topic, but I've never sailed on a ship or tired a knot.

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Old 05-14-2016, 07:40 PM   #2
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I have learned some of the knots before (clove hitch for instance). Wish I could help more
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Reading the Hornblower books by C S Forester should give you more than you need to know. His seamanship was accurate.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
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+1 for Hornblower - CS Forester is detailled. That level of real world detail and realism (in the same way as you can actually do the math for Larry Niven's Ringworld) is a key appeal of those books.

The International Guild of Knot Tyers (yes, that is a thing...) has a list of knots known in the 18th century: http://www.igkt.net/sm/index.php?topic=600.0

Any good knotting book would be able to tell you the general uses of the knots, but here is a list of knots and what they're used for on board a ship: http://www.boatsafe.com/marlinespike/know.htm
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The Patrick Obrien Master and Commander series was fantastic.

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Old 05-16-2016, 10:42 PM   #6
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I may be able to give you a hand. I spent over 24 years in the U.S. Navy (steel ships)I have read every Hornblower book several times and was reading about the U.S.S. Constitution in the war of 1812 and another from the POV of a young Midshipman serving in a privateer.

I was also on my Boy Scout troops Knot tying team.

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That's my favorite sort of fiction. Good Luck!

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Thanks for all your support and suggestions! I'm dealing with an unexpected health crisis, so I'll be following up with some of you (and definitely checking out the hornblower series) once things settle down.
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Reading the Hornblower books by C S Forester should give you more than you need to know. His seamanship was accurate.
My personal favorite author of historical nautical fiction was his protégé Dudley Pope.
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