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Re: Was John Walker a Competent Seaman?


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Posted by Andy Clayton on March 09, 2019 at 03:52:18 user cousin_jack.

In Reply to: Was John Walker a Competent Seaman? posted by Peter Hyland on March 08, 2019 at 09:45:46:

The rising eb-tide argument is valid. London is a perfect example of early mariners taking advantage of the rising ebb to push them up the river, against the flow. The mooring and unloading then took place in a sheltered river, rather than an exposed estuary, and the town had a narrower bridging point. When leaving port, they would do so on a falling tide. The Goblin would have lifted and drifted up the Stour until the tide turned, then the combination of outgoing tide and river flow would have taken the boat out to sea. Wouldn't have got the story off to a good start though.


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