The Admiralty Manual of Seamanship is in three volumes. Volume I is the basic book of seamanship for officers and men joining the Royal Navy. Volume II contains more technical detail and is a general textbook and reference book for ratings seeking advancement and for junior officers. Volume III is intended mainly for officers. It covers such essential seamanship knowledge as the handling of ships and also information on a variety of subjects that could be classed as advanced seamanship, such as aid to ships in distress.
The chapters in each volume are arranged in the following four Parts, dealing generally with the subjects shown.
Ship Knowledge and Safety. Types of ship and their construction; firefighting; stability; control of damage; lifesaving.
Seamanship. The uses of rope; rigging; sailing boats and power boats; anchors and cables; evolutions such as towing, salvage and lifting or moving heavy loads.
Ship Organisation. General organisation of a ship; naval communications; ceremonial; ship upkeep and ship husbandry.
Part IV: Shiphandling and Navigation. Steering; elementary navigation and pilotage; handling of ships in different conditions; the Rule of the Road.
Questions on the information given in each chapter of Volume I are included as an Appendix to that volume, in order to give candidates for oral examinations some idea of what they may be asked.
It is hoped that the volumes may also prove useful outside the Royal Navy, to all who put to sea in ships or boats.
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