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Getting Aware With the Rules of the Sea

Aug 17, 2007
Traffic rules at the sea may sound strange for those who are not aware of it. But if you decide to have a camp at the sea, this article will surely help you in knowing what traffic rule is and how to follow it.

There are regular traffic rules at sea. In accordance with these rules, at night a ship must display a red lamp on the port side and a green one on the starboard side. When looking in the direction the ship is going that is, from the stern toward the bow starboard is to the right, port to the left. The simple phrase, "My left cheek is red," will help you remember this rule. You can easily see why the colored lights are necessary if one ship sights another at night, the captain must be able to recognize immediately whether the ship is moving toward him. If the ship is approaching, he will see a pair of lights ahead of him, green to the left, red to the right. For a small ship this is sufficient marking. The position of large ships is indicated by the stern lantern (or the top light in the case of steamships) as well as the lights at the sides.

The crew of the Kon-Tiki proved that even on a raft a sea voyage is possible. Their primitive raft of balsa-wood logs carried them from Peru to Polynesia over 5000 miles! The drawing on page 75 was done by a member of the crew and is taken from the book Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl.

Sailing Ships
A real sailor would never call his little boat a ship. There are many types of true sailing ships. Four of them are pictured here.

With Knife, Bow and Lasso
With Your Tomahawk in the Wood
There are many constructive things you can do with your Bowie knife or pocket knife. There are just as many things you should never do with it. If you want to practice knife-throwing, make a target of a softwood board propped against a wall. Anyone who uses a living tree as a target is simply destructive and proves that he has less intelligence than a field mouse. It is just as thoughtless to carve a totem pole in a smooth oak trunk or to use the bark as a buffalo hide and leave initials as a memorial.

There is completely different work in the woods for your knife, and using it can become an art. For carving, gather fallen branches which already have the general outlines of the objects you want to make. Here are a few such objects.
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