"The capstan is a familiar example of this form of wheel and axle. It is used by sailors for warping vessels up to a dock, raising anchors, &c.; and consists of a massive piece of timber, round which a rope passes. This is surmounted by a circular head, perforated with holes, into which, when the instrument is to be used, strong bars, called handspikes, are inserted." —Quackenbos 1859

Capstan

"The capstan is a familiar example of this form of wheel and axle. It is used by sailors for warping…

"A rude form of the compass used by early Chinese sailors. The little wooden figure was set on a pivot, and in the outstretched arm was placed a bar of magnetized iron."—Myers, 1905

Chinese Magnet Figure

"A rude form of the compass used by early Chinese sailors. The little wooden figure was set on a pivot,…

Impressment of American sailors by the English.

Impressment

Impressment of American sailors by the English.

The English Royal Navy would impress American sailors, kidnapping them to force them to serve in the military.

Impressment of American Sailors

The English Royal Navy would impress American sailors, kidnapping them to force them to serve in the…

Men on a ship cutting open a shark to find things that have fallen overboard.

Men Cutting a Shark Open

Men on a ship cutting open a shark to find things that have fallen overboard.

An illustration of three sailors bowing to a woman answering a door.

Sailors at Door Bowing to Woman

An illustration of three sailors bowing to a woman answering a door.

An illustration of three sailors singing and walking down a street.

Three Sailors Singing & Walking Down Street

An illustration of three sailors singing and walking down a street.

An illustration of three sailors waving their hats while walking away with interlocking arms.

Sailors Waving Their Hats while Interlocking Arms

An illustration of three sailors waving their hats while walking away with interlocking arms.

An illustration of a woman serving food to three men sitting at a table.

Woman Serving Three Men at Table

An illustration of a woman serving food to three men sitting at a table.