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    Re: Wrinkles In Practical Navigation by Lecky
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2014 Apr 10, 22:05 -0400
    "Wrinkles" periodically has come up on this List, and the comments have generally remained well on the positive side. Although of great historical significance, it has, in this day of electronic navigation lost much of its relevance to the navigator's daily tasks. In 1942, when I obtained my first copy, it was a most valuable resource and most certainly added to whatever skill I attained in the art of navigation.

    The primary purpose of this post is, however, to invite attention to a little known facet of Captain Lecky's career. Regardless of his accomplishments in navigation and ashore as Marine Superintendent of the Great Western Railway, Lecky was essentially a sailorman's sailor, as  evidenced in the following quote from the book entitled "The Blackwall Frigates" ....

    "..........................that most celebrated seaman,Lecky of Wrinkles, started his sea life as a midshipman on the Alfred at the age of fourteen years. Lecky only went one voyage, then, without his mother's knowledge, he left Green's employ and went off to Liverpool in order

    to get rid of brass buttons and be able to dabble his hands in the tar bucket. In fact, even at that age, he wanted a more strenuous and less easy life. Yet he always had a tender memory of those what he called "almost pre-historic times when the frigate-built Indiamen of Green, Wigram, Smith and Dunbar entered the Blackwall Docks in all their glory, with yards and gunports squared to a nicety, bunt -jiggers bowsed up for a harbour furl, studding sail booms rigged out to the mark, hammock nettings neatly stowed and a welcoming

    crowd of both sexes cheering and waving greetings from the pierheads."


    On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:41 AM, Noell Wilson <noell_wilson@southwire.com> wrote:

    I may just be me but it seems that Google copies of old books are only available to read - not to download as a complete copy. It didn't used to be that way.

    I found a downloadable pdf 948 page 1918 copy of "Wrinkles - -" at


    It's a decent scan. Pages are aligned and the images are sharp. Some pages came out faint and hard to read. It's better than some scanned reproductions that I've bought.
    Regards, Noell
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