|"Newman's best Viginia" tobacco label, British Library.|
The issue with smoking aboard ship is an obvious one: open flame does not mix well with tar, wood, and canvas. Interestingly, this problem was addressed in the eighteenth century with pipe lids. The Wreck of the General Carleton has turned up many artifact, and not least among these are a pair of brass pipe lids.
|"The General Carleton Shipwreck," ed. Waldemar Ossowski, Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, 2008, p. 243|
Are there any sailor's tools or pleasures that you have had the opportunity to acquire? Share them and your stories of the sea!