National Geographic : 1955 Nov
© National Geographic Society 4 Model Lifeboat and Air Blower Teach the Rudiments of Sailing When the order comes, "Abandon ship," sail can save lives; hence cadets learn to handle boats under canvas. These boys find how to trim sail in a stream of air blown by the baffle box behind the instructor. 697 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer Volkmar Wentzel + A Class in Marlinespike Seamanship Learns the Art of Rope Splicing Plebes wear the "freshman's" regulation haircut. Two of them employ a wooden fid to part the strands of a large hawser, used in docking and towing. Sailors' standard knots are demonstrated on the bulkhead.