Weighing 90 feet of anchor chain with a manual windlass on Lady Washington really makes me appreciate the old electric windlass
The champagne used to christen a ship is a substitute for human blood. In bygone times the Vikings and various South Sea tribes sacrificed human beings on the prows of their ships so that the spirits of the murdered victims would guard the craft. Later wine was substituted for blood, and, in our day, champagne for wine.
2201 Fascinating Facts by David Louis, 1983.
On my first watch, snapped a vang around 4am in a mean wind/swells combo. Second watch, attempted vessel assist, got caught in 20ft visibility fog. Third watch, almost passed port to port with Port Angeles on bad info from a radar watch. Never a dull moment on transit-take-two.