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Waitin’ on some ships in Savannah

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 2, 2012

While we are waiting for the ships to arrive here in Savannah, Captain Trost gave a lesson on how to handle the lines of tall ships to some lucky volunteers and Ship Liaison Officers.

These are big ships and the lines are large and heavy too. But you don’t just toss a line over to the dock. Instead, the crew ties a smaller, lighter line (which has a monkey’s fist knot at the end for weight) to the big, heavy one and tosses it over to the waiting line handler. It’s all pretty straightforward but it’s always good to practice. I’ve seen a lot of people just freeze and hold the line instead of putting it on a bollard or cleat. When the ship needs to get secured quick, it’s nice to have someone there who knows what to do. In Savannah, we have Captain Trost to impart his wisdom to the eager volunteers. And I had a camera.

Captain Trost gives a little background

Learning “the dip” on the trashcan/bollard

So far, we have Peacemaker, Alliance, Roseway, Theodore Too, and Lynx are here with Appledore IV arriving later tonight. We still have Pride of Baltimore 2, Picton Castle, Dewaruci, Eagle, La Belle Poule and Etoile, and Bounty arriving tomorrow and Friday, respectively.  Downtown Savannah is looking good and the line handlers are ready!

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