Friday, June 20, 2014

Harbor at Hamburg Germany

We wrap up Sailing Ship week with this picture of ships in the harbor at Hamburg Germany. The picture was taken in 1900. I wonder how they brought ships like this in back in the days before tug boats.


  1. I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?

  2. In the days of sails, ships were smaller than steamships, and if they needed to dock, the skills of the captain and crew, enabled fine adjustment of the sails and steering to navigate it against the dock. The same principle is used for modern yachts.
    Also, sheer human power was used. Row boats could haul a sailing vessel.
    Also, I have read account of ships having to wait weeks at the mouth of the Thames for favourable winds and tide to come about.

  3. Often times when these ships hit the doldrums they were pulled for miles by the crew in the deck boats to find a wind.

  4. I was fortunate many years ago to sail on the Malcolm Miller, a 148 foot three masted topsail schooner. On one trip entering St Malo port the port clutch on the engine had broke so had the port side windlass. Also there was a port strike that day. The captain sailed it in to a few feet where we got a line ashore. IIT was an amazing bit of seamanship but to the Captain it was routine. All part of his training and life at sea.