A chip log, also called common log, or just the log, is a navigation tool used by mariners to estimate the speed of a vessel through water. The name of the unit knot, for nautical mile per hour, was derived from this method of measurement. This measurement is used to determine the distance a ship traveled within a certain amount of time. The readings of the log have been recorded in equal times to give the distance traveled with respect to a given start position.
A Ship’s Log, Captains Log or the Logbook was originally a book for recording significant events or readings from the chip log, and happenings on the ship itself.
Historically a ship’s log might list passengers and cargo as well as, position, weather and events of the ship and its crew. They might include repairs to the ship, issues with cargo, deaths, births and so on about the people on board the ship. Continue reading →
It is a wondrous time of exploration and adventure, when tall ships fly the endless skies and brave the Stormgates of the Spiral. Not long ago, a generation of explorers led by the great Marco Pollo opened and mapped dozens of connections between the various realms. Trade and commerce sprang up all over the Spiral, and many nations learned that the size and strength of their fleets were the key to their destiny. Marleybone, Valencia, Monquista, and Polaris emerged as the dominant powers of the era, forming colonies and forging trade routes that made them wealthy and powerful. Grizzleheim and many other realms, tried to stay neutral, trading with all and claiming no empire. ~ From The Pirate101 History
History is a very important thing. It helps us know where we came from and where we’re going. It helps us understand why some things are designed the way they are, or how other things evolved into the common practice or standards of today. The history of the Spiral is no different. It really helps to know how the Spiral became what it is and get a glimpse into the Armada and the varying lands that exist there. Continue reading →