The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94329   Message #3673644
Posted By: Charley Noble
01-Nov-14 - 01:23 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
Subject: RE: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
The captain's command "'Heave the larboard lead!" has to do with assessing the river depth off the left bow of the steamboat. One of the deckcrew would be up forward with a coiled lead line (with a weighted head) which he would throw out and then determine the depth by markings on the line after it struck bottom. If Sam Clemens was the pilot, he might shout "Mark Twain" if he were a smartass.

Charlie Ipcar