I know; it makes you really appreciatte the old timers in how they handled these ships. The first time the Surprise went out, it was crazy
Loose lines flying around and sails flapping. Can't even imagine it in bad seas .Bet OSHA (commercial safety ) would have had a fit !!!!
Even though now they all wear climbing harnesses rather than just a piece of rope around the waist.
This following a fatality (up in San Fransisco I think) where a trainee crew member fell to his deah.
Not a hobby for the faint hearted!!
Coming back this year,it started to rain and they crew member who sent me the photos;said there were a few tense moments up in the rigging,trying to furle heavy wet canvas with slippery conditions.
Think I will stick to RIBS
But these men and women certainly gained my respect