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    Re: Simulating platform instability on land?
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2013 Jul 26, 22:31 -0400

    On 7/26/2013 1:04 PM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > A sailing vessel is held over at a relatively constant angle by the
    > wind. It pitches but it doesn't roll much (relatively speaking).
    A bit off topic, but I had the good fortune of sailing to Chicago for
    the tall-ship gathering a few years ago, and toured the ill-fated Bounty
    replica among many others. I believe it was on the Bounty that I saw
    long dining tables (no legs) hinged to the bulkhead. The inboard ends
    were suspended from overhead lines. (Not familiar with the proper
    nautical term for that particular rope.) As a ship in those days would
    most likely stay one one tack for a good many days, the lines were
    adjusted to keep the tables level on that tack.
    Another tidbit. The sailors would cup their bowl of food on the table by
    resting their elbows on the table and containing it with their forearms
    and upper torso. When you saw someone on land with their elbows on the
    table while eating, it marked them as a sailor. At that time the
    rank-and-file crew were close to the bottom of the social hierarchy, so
    elbows on the table was consider poor etiquette by lubbers.
    At least that's the tour-guide version.
    Bill B

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