Originally Posted by rcraig
I think they were drawing a piston. It was the Eastbank, and the mate was trying to reduce the rolling by putting a hatch tarpaulin up. It was fairly obvious it was not going to work and it came down pretty hurriedly when we thought we saw movement on the topmast.
I was an apprentice on Brock's "Mahronda" in the late 50s. Anchored at Sandheads and rolling quite heavily. The Mate had a hatch tent hauled up the after shrouds in the hope that the wind would prevail against the current. It made no difference whatsoever and, frankly, looked a bit stupid. I suppose he could have argued that the hatch tent needed drying.