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Tending was the name mariners used to describe the turning or swinging of a ship due to the influence of tides or the sea breeze.

Tending can be briefly explained by the following example. If the tide flowed into a harbor in a northerly direction, a ship would tend to fall into line with the tide and tend to the north unless it was securely anchored at the head and stern.

Similarly a strong sea breeze blowing from the south could cause a ship to tend to the north, as was commonly experienced by ships leaving Rio de Janeiro and preparing to sail through the heads of Guanabara Bay.


Created: 19 September 2003

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
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