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GUEST,Observer Lyr Add: Spanish Lady (Helena Cinto) (51* d) RE: spanish lady 03 Mar 19

The Spanish Ladies were ships!!! Apart from it originating in your own imagination where on earth did that come from?

As to nautical terms, the league as a measurement of distance was still very much in use throughout the 18th century (according to entries in Vessel Log Books - particularly those of Captain James Cook).

Nautically, I always wonder whether it wouldn't be better to let sheets and tacks fly before letting go the shank painter.

Nope, under sail coming to anchor, in company with other ships, with your anchor ready to slip, if you let sheets and tacks fly before you dropped your anchor you would lose control of your ship. Slight headway would also assist in getting the anchor to bite.

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