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Thread #4291   Message #3249806
Posted By: GUEST,SteveG
03-Nov-11 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: A note to Three Score and Ten
Subject: RE: A note to Three Score and Ten
My own take on this is that the only thing that dictates an 'up' and 'down' to seamen in this context would be determined by charts which would have been a luxury to coastal small craft seamen until the 20th century. Also these coastal men spent as much time on estuaries and rivers where 'up' and 'down' is governed not by chart direction but by the river outflow.