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Eric the Bish has posted 7 annotations/comments since 9 July 2020.

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About Sunday 12 January 1667/68

Eric the Bish  •  Link

“... we fell very foul“ - a naval analogy: to fall foul upon another ship is not just to bump into them, but for the vessels to get tangled up together - almost inevitable for square rigged ships. Damage is almost inevitable unless great care is taken to extricate the vessels from each other - which has perhaps happened here?

About Monday 16 December 1667

Eric the Bish  •  Link

In Cochin. in 1997, I found a tailor who would make up for me an embroidered cummerbund. I was taken aback when I thought our business was finished, but he held out his hands and asked me where the cloth was. That’s what comes from not understanding that a tailor is not necessarily his/her own mercer. Another benefit of reading this diary.

About Friday 22 November 1667

Eric the Bish  •  Link

"neither hath, nor do, nor for the future likely can ..." - djc has it exactly: a fine turn of phrase. The rhythm is somewhat Cranmerian to my mind: the careful and measured pacing out of exact meaning, as in “ ... a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world”. But of course these rhythms were entirely familiar to him.

About Wednesday 20 November 1667

Eric the Bish  •  Link

Could someone help me out please: I have lost the significance of “ discharging of two or three little vessels by ticket without money”. Why is this a bad thing to have done? Does it indicate corruption? Incompetence? Maladministration? Regards, Eric the Bish.

About Thursday 10 October 1667

Eric the Bish  •  Link

“Telling” (counting) continues in the UK Parliament, where “Tellers” are appointed to count the votes. It’s also used in common speech in the UK come to think of it, but without the explicit concept of counting being foremost in the meaning: “How many?” and “what is it?” can both be answered “I can’t tell”.
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About Sunday 25 August 1667

Eric the Bish  •  Link

"... so I back to my boat, which had broke one of her oars in rowing, and had now fastened it again; "

A friend who is coxswain of a very historic vessel has told me about oars of the period. They were generally made of a single piece of wood, and were very narrow. The blades are quite thin and relatively easily damaged. They are repaired by scarfing in a new piece of wood, which can be done in just a few hours. So this may be the case here. An hour in the pub, 90 minutes in church, an hour in the crowd, and 30 minutes of walking between these various locations: four hours is enough time for the unlucky Waterman to go to a Riverside “Kwik Fit“.

About Monday 8 July 1667

Eric the Bish  •  Link

Good morning, and after a few years of “lurking” I thought I should register and comment - and thank all those make this wonderful website possible! Raising a sunken vessel in UK waters is easier than in eg the tideless Baltic. Less need for that tedious pumping of water in and out of the lifting vessels before moving the sunken vessel to shallower water: in many cases you can just let the tide do the work for you. Indeed, if the upper works of the sunken vessel are exposed at low tide you may simply have to close the sea cocks and allow the tide to float her – soggily – whereupon you can pump her out. Useful things, tides.