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    Re: Backing & Hauling in Slocum
    From: Bill Noyce
    Date: 2003 Dec 17, 11:00 -0500

    I was interested in the use of "drew" and "hauled" to describe the
    change in wind direction in this passage (in the southern hemisphere).
    > The phenomena of ocean meteorology were interesting studies even here
    > in the trade-winds. I observed that about every seven days the wind
    > freshened and drew several points farther than usual from the direction
    > of the pole; that is, it went round from east-southeast to
    > south-southeast, while at the same time a heavy swell rolled up from
    > the southwest. All this indicated that gales were going on in the
    > anti-trades. The wind then hauled day after day as it moderated, till
    > it stood again at the normal point, east-southeast. This is more or
    > less the constant state of the winter trades in latitude 12? S., where
    > I "ran down the latitude" for weeks.
    Seems like we were debating the terms used in this situation a while ago,
    though I don't remember whether we reached a conclusion.  Slocum seems to
    feel "drew" needs explanation, while "hauled" is treated as self-evident,
    though perhaps it's just obvious that it's the reverse of the prior motion.
            -- Bill

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