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Cockleshell heros sailing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:46 am
by DLee
I saw this recent book and was surprised to see both a sail and very short outrigger set-up on board. Look at how the sail is held off the shortened mast - kind of an impromptu lateen rig? or is he just lowering the sail? Is that reefing? A lot of interesting information here. I wish I could see the picture bigger and better.

Click on the cover shot and it will enlarge the entire image a bit.

http://www.amazon.com/MOST-SECRET-The-C ... im_sbs_b_1

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Re: Cockleshell heros sailing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:32 am
by gbellware
Looks to me like he is lowering a furled main. The sheet in hand looks like the main hauling line and the mast is in two pieces. But I am just guessing.
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Re: Cockleshell heros sailing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:44 pm
by john allsop
I think it,s best to buy the book as there are a number of photos of the sails used by the British Commandoes. The mast they used was very short and the sail top spar was attached to the mast only about a quarter of it,s length from the front so i think there was a "line" from the front of the sail to the bow or some convenient place on the deck. They seem to have been mostly sailed loose footed. The book is The COCKLESHELL CANOES British Military Canoes of World War Two by Quentin Rees isbn 978 1 84868 065 4 first published in 2008, i think the latest publication has a little more info. Another good book by Quentin Rees is COCKLESHELL Heroes The Final Witness, about the raid into Bordeaux harbour. Published in 2010. A lot of the time the Commandoes semed to use canoe paddles no doubt to stop "crashing" the paddles.

Re: Cockleshell heros sailing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:20 am
by slidegear
Cool post. I think I figured out how to get a closer look at this particular vessel. The paddles they used are similar to the Pimu paddles of the Catalina Island Natives. It would be great to be able to see what it's all about. Perhaps even to sail or paddle it.

Re: Cockleshell heros sailing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:04 pm
by DLee
Yeah I noticed the paddles as well.

I also think the really close rigged outriggers are interesting, I love that idea. I wonder what they do with the outriggers when they want to paddle.

It probably is worth ordering the book.

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Re: Cockleshell heros sailing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:25 pm
by slidegear
Or check out this old film...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bgogBUQ0AmU

....and this more recent one

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e1yn0ih6f04