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    Re: Vessel aground in San Sebasti�n
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Mar 30, 00:22 +0100

    Andres' pictures clearly show that neither anchor had been deployed. She 
    must, presumably, have taken up a mooring; very likely not a 
    substantial-enough mooring for a vessel of that size.
    The Google picture that Andres pointed to in a previous posting shows many 
    small craft on moorings, and was presumably a Summer-time scene. The bay, in 
    Andres' photos, looks rather empty, of craft on moorings and also of 
    unoccupied moorings. I suppose that's what it's like out of season. I have a 
    chart of the harbour in  Robin Brandon's South Biscay Pilot, from back in 
    1971, and that shows many moorings laid in the bay.
    Using two tugs to tow her out , if they pulled in a V formation, might help 
    to avoid the towline fouling the bowsprit, but they would need to coordinate 
    One of Andres' pictures shows a towline rigged that appears to pass into the 
    hull via a porthole, with blocks or seizings to hold it close to the point 
    of the bow. A curious arrangement, perhaps with the idea of avoiding 
    stresses to the bowsprit. Perhaps a second towline, from the porthole on the 
    starboard side, would be added when the second tug came into play.
    Andres' comments on the English-language practice of referring to a vessel 
    as "she". That used to be standard in British English, perhaps less so in 
    American. That usage is dying out, to some extent, nowadays, except for 
    old-fashioned brass-bound traditionalists, such as me. But few boat-owners, 
    in Britain, would refer to their own craft as "it"; always "she"; perhaps as 
    a gesture of affection, their boat getting more of that than their wife 
    does. On the other hand, if some other craft collided with yours, you might, 
    disparagingly, refer to that craft as "it".
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Andres Ruiz" 
    Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:25 PM
    Subject: [NavList 7819] Re: Vessel aground in San Sebasti�n
    Fortunately, two tugs have brought the schooner today at high tide, 17:00 
    (see graph).
    Yes George, the anchorage is good; sand, but is exposed, although that the
    bay is sheltered by the island of Santa Clara. In one photo, you can see her
    two anchors in place.
    For me is very curious that in english people, refers to a vessel in
    feminine, for example in O�Brian�s books for the Surprise frigate. In
    spanish the people from the coast, seaman and the poets refers to the sea in
    feminine, although is a masculine word.
    Andr�s Ruiz
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