Liquor is, on no account, to be put into the store-room, sail-room, or passages; and the greatest care is to be taken of the lights, which are never to be taken out of the lanthorns.
No article belonging to the ship is to be converted to the use of another; nor any expense of stores, without the express directions of the commanding officer, and the knowledge of the master, who is to order the alteration of sails or rigging.
The boatswain is to pay the greatest attention to the conduct of his mates, and to prevent them from inflicting any punishment with their sticks or canes, unles ordered by their superior officers.
After the storm stay-sails have been used
The people, in their respective stations, are to report the state of the rigging to the boatswain every morning, which is, as soon afterwards as possible, to be made known to the officer of the watch.
No clothes are ever to be suffred in the fore rigging, or on the bowsprit, when in harbour. Should any person wish to dry his wet clothes, permission will be granted for clothes-lines to be rove, by applying to the officer of the watch. When at sea, every measure is to be adopted, in order to prevent the use of fresh water for washing clothes, or other improper uses.
Any hammocks found lying about the decks, or without numbers, are to be reported to the officer of the watch, that proper measures may be taken to punish the men who are so negligent.
The sail-maker is to be directed to preserve the pieces of canvas, not serviceable for any other use, to make patches for the numbers of the hammocks; he is to cut them of one size, and of as white canvas as possible.
The establishment of two hammocks to each man, so conducive to the preservation of health, is always to be complied with, if it be possible; but the boatswain must be vigilant and attentice to see that this regulation is not perverted, and the hammocks appropriated to other uses than that of sleeping in.
The utmost attention must be always paid to keeping the yards square, when in harbour; and, when at sea, if going before the wind, or lying-to, to see that nothing is ever suffered to hang overboard; and, once a day at least, the boatswain is to apply for a boat to go round the ship, and always after the sails are furled from having been loosened.
When coming from sea, the guess-wharp-booms are to be ready to get out as soon as the ship is moored, and always to be gotten in when the ship is unmoored for going to sea.
After the braces have gotten to their proper stretch, they are to be moused; and, when in harbour, after wet weather, every precaution is to be taken to loose sails at the usual hours. The harbour-sheets to be kept on each side of the top, in readiness to carry out; the pins taken out of the clamp of the boom-irons; bunt-lines, clue-lines, leech-lines, clue-garnets, and down-hawls, over-hawled for running; the people stationed to go aloft, to loose sails ready to go up; the top-men uppermost, and lower-yard-men last; and none but the captains of the tops, and the men stationed to rig the upper-yard-arm of the top-gallant-yards, to be permitted to quit the deck before they are ordered,
The boatswain must always have a correct watch-bill, hammock-list, and station-bill of the people forward, about him.
The mats, points, robands, and gaskets, are always to be kept complete for two ser of sails.
The hammocks, when all up from below, are always to be reported to the forst lieutenant and officer of the watch; and also, when the yards are squared; the store-rooms and passages being clear at the time of returning the keys.
When the ship is tacked, wore, or any particular service happens, in the night, the boatswain's mates are to have directions to call the boatswain in sufficient time, that he may attend.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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