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“The only sail noticeable was a foreign schooner with all sails set, which was seemingly going westwards. The foolhardiness or ignorance of her officers was a prolific theme for comment whilst she remained in sight, and efforts were made to signal her to reduce sail in face of her danger.”

Two- masted schooner in a storm (2016); the sails have been reduced to the bare minimum needed to steer the ship: https://classicsailboats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/norway-coast-guard-1.jpg

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Fully restored UK-made Ediswan ship’s searchlight, c.1890, measuring 990mm x 550mm (35” by 22”) and weighing 45 kg (99 lb):

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Tate Hill Pier, Google Street View (note the flowers on the life ring stand): https://goo.gl/maps/dJagmRL7pRMqUku1A)

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“…crowds are scattering homeward, and the sky is beginning to redden over the Yorkshire wolds.”

So these Victorian holidaymakers-become-stormchasers* have been out watching the storm from 10 pm until 4:30 or 5 a.m.! Well, it was probably the most exciting thing they experienced while on holiday, so why not?

* can’t use the Latin for fear of being autocensored

Bryan Alexander

Autocensored by Typepad? Not by me, for sure.

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Yes, Typepad, not you! I know of two other platforms that autocensor that word, so I decided to avoid it.

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I’m pretty sure you have a much better sense of context than any autocensor, Bryan :)

Bryan Alexander

That is the nicest thing I've heard all day. Maybe.

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