Posted by Daničle B. on January 22, 1998 at 17:25:07:
In response to Further, written by Ken on January 20, 1998 at 14:23:29
You're right, sorta. The officers had their private johns in the aft of the ship, where they had more privacy, but the regulars had to go in the front. That makes sense since there were fewer officers. I do remember, however, accounts from about Nelson's time, of the smell rushing back over the ship at times-- beating about after an enemy who's not being polite about the direction of the wind, or especially during service in the West Indies...
] I'm a little slow today. Actually, the wind would blow it past everyone if as you surmise; ships usually had following winds, preferring to avoid beating into the wind as much as possible. A square rigger can't point very well, after all.
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