What is a knot? Part II

The use of the term knot goes back to the day of sailing ships. Sailors would toss over a “Dutch log” which had a line attached with knots tied into it at intervals. Through trial and error, seamen found that the 28-second sand glass would do the best job and you didn’t want more time, [...]

What is a knot? Part I

Coming back up the ladders from the 3rd deck (2 decks below the hangar deck, naval architecture is a topic for another post) a short while ago, I met two lost gentlemen who asked if there was a way to get off the Yorktown…they were afraid their tour was going to end like the voyage [...]