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    Re: taffrail log (Walker's log)
    From: Bruce Hamilton
    Date: 2008 Oct 12, 16:54 -0700

    One of the nicest taffrail logs I ever saw was on a family friend's
    Grampion 30. I can't remember the maker but it was black and not much
    bigger than a big tin can.  It did it's job well as we wound out way
    from Rossport  Ontario to Grand Manan Island.  In the days when pleasure
    sailors navigated with a compass, a hand held pelorus, and a simple RDF,
    it was nice to have the log to keep track of your distance run.  I am
    always keeping my eye out for one.
    
    We had logs on the ships I worked on later in life in the 80's as they
    were still on the required equipment list, but never used. They were
    quite big and the fish was about 2 feet long.They were looked at once
    for spring outfit and never used.  In the days when they were used, they
    were apparently the responsibility of the navigation apprentice (that
    was me), and the mates would take great pleasure in giving you hell if
    you forgot to take it in before slowing down or maneuvering.  Ah, the
    brass polishing days.  I thing they only stopped beating apprentices
    about 10 years before I entered the business.  Ah, tradition. :-)
    
    Bruce Hamilton
    Vancouver, BC.
    
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