If at sea, get in your jibboom, strike the fore top-gallant mast, let both ships steer an opposite course at a very slow speed, you then close up under the stern of the ship that has to tow you, throw or else pick up hauling lines from her, secure to the hawsers and let her haul them in and secure them as before.
The longer scope that can be given the less chance there is of parting be a jerk, the part of the towing cable in the hawse should be chain -- for instance, shackle the end of the steam or other chain to the cable just outside the hawse. Should parting one of the cables be imminent, direct the towing ship to veer a hauling line attached to a breaker astern, which pick up and bend to another cable kept in readiness and so save delay of the parting occur.
Trapping lines should be passed round the hawsers from the quarters of the towing vessel to save the ends from fouling the screw in case of parting.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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