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Sunderland; A History of the Town, Port, Trade and Commerce free pdf This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. TRADE AND COMMERCE. The trade of the river was carried on principally with keels. Keels were not exclusively known or used on the Wear. The trade on the Tyne and the trade on the Humber was also carried on by keels- but the keels of the two latter were of different shape and make, each to suit the locality or river in which they were employed. The keels used on our river were all built with flat bottoms, so as to draw little water, on account of the shoals and caunches up the river. They had a mast and square sail- otherwise, they were propelled or pushed on by a set or long pole with a forked iron prong at the end. On going up the river, if there was a strong wind from the west, the keelmen would lash their keels together--thus, the second keel's stem would be against the stern of the first, well secured, and a line or chain from the fore tack pin on each side of the second keel made fast to the after tack pin of the first, and hauled tight, repeating the process to the fifth or sixth keel- by this mode the first keel encountered all the wind, those following being partially sheltered under the stern of the one before- this having been done, and all ready for a start, the keelmen would go into the first or leading keel with their sets. When they commenced "puying" all darted their sets down at the same time, each man keeping step with his neighbour. At the last step, at the stern of the keel, there was a peculiar push at the set, so that the keelman might recover his equilibrium in time to draw the set out of the mud or sand into which it had been forked, and thus they went on the length of the keels, over and over again for miles- one man being appointed to look after the hindermost keel as they tinned the sharp curves of...

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Author : Taylor Potts
Publisher : Theclassics.Us
Data Published : 12 September 2013
ISBN : 1230209387
EAN : 9781230209388
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 100 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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