National Geographic : 1933 Jan
© A. J. Villiers YOUTH AT THE HELM This German apprentice said he was 15, but was suspected of being only 12. The wheel is more than one sailor can handle in bad weather; some times four, even six, helmsmen are required, and the second wheel, seen behind the boy, is indispensable (see illustration, page 7). ©A.J.Villiers THE SHIP'S CAT TAKES TOTHE RIGGING Kirri, as this little half-caste Persian was known toallhands, survived all the hardships of the voyage only tofall into the Cardiff docks when going ashore there one evening. Kirri became expert atclimbing ropes, but more expert at dodging water (see text, page 32).