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Self-Help Sailor's Knots, Part 4.   By: (1863-1943)

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In "Self-Help Sailor's Knots, Part 4" by W. W. Jacobs, readers are introduced to a comprehensive guidebook that covers an array of knot-tying techniques specifically tailored for sailors. Jacobs' expertise shines through as he presents a wealth of knowledge in a concise and accessible manner, making this guide an invaluable resource for both novice and seasoned sailors alike.

One of the standout features of the book is its organization. Jacobs divides the content into logical sections, each focusing on a particular type of knot or its application. This allows readers to easily navigate through the book, whether they are looking to learn a specific knot or seeking to enhance their understanding of a certain technique. The clear headings and subheadings make it effortless to locate the desired information, making this book a handy companion on any sailing adventure.

What sets "Self-Help Sailor's Knots, Part 4" apart from similar publications is Jacobs' ability to explain complex concepts with simplicity. The book strives to engage readers by employing a conversational tone, engaging storytelling, and relatable examples. Whether Jacobs recounts his own experiences or conveys nautical anecdotes, the reader is drawn into the world of sailing, adding an enjoyable touch to the learning process.

The illustrations in the book are another highlight. Detailed and visually appealing, they provide step-by-step instructions that complement the written explanations. This visual aid not only assists in understanding the knot-tying techniques but also enhances retention, allowing readers to practice and perfect their skills effectively.

However, one aspect that could be improved is the book's brevity. Although Jacobs covers a range of knots, some readers may find themselves craving more in-depth explanations or additional knots to expand their repertoire. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that this book is part of a series, and it covers its subject matter adequately within the scope it sets.

All in all, "Self-Help Sailor's Knots, Part 4" by W. W. Jacobs serves as a comprehensive and user-friendly guide in the world of knot-tying for sailors. Jacobs' expertise, coupled with the book's organization, engaging tone, and detailed illustrations, make it an excellent resource for both beginners and experienced sailors seeking to enhance their knot-tying skills. While it might leave readers wanting more, it certainly fulfills its purpose as a practical companion on any seafaring journey.

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By W.W. Jacobs



The night watchman sat brooding darkly over life and its troubles. A shooting corn on the little toe of his left foot, and a touch of liver, due, he was convinced, to the unlawful cellar work of the landlord of the Queen's Head, had induced in him a vein of profound depression. A discarded boot stood by his side, and his gray stockinged foot protruded over the edge of the jetty until a passing waterman gave it a playful rap with his oar. A subsequent inquiry as to the price of pigs' trotters fell on ears rendered deaf by suffering.

"I might 'ave expected it," said the watchman, at last. "I done that man if you can call him a man a kindness once, and this is my reward for it. Do a man a kindness, and years arterwards 'e comes along and hits you over your tenderest corn with a oar."

[Illustration: "''E comes along and hits you over your tenderest corn with a oar.'"]

He took up his boot, and, inserting his foot with loving care, stooped down and fastened the laces.

Do a man a kindness, he continued, assuming a safer posture, and 'e tries to borrow money off of you; do a woman a kindness and she thinks you want tr marry 'er; do an animal a kindness and it tries to bite you same as a horse bit a sailorman I knew once, when 'e sat on its head to 'elp it get up... Continue reading book >>

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