Here's the setting I'm working out. The fantasy ship I came up with here (see "Dawn Treader" post at the bottom) needs to leave the harbor in a hurry. A strange "magical" purple fire is spreading across the docks and quickly approaching. The entire crew of about 30 people are onboard.
The ship is docked facing inland, so it effectively needs to back out of its current position to leave the harbor. What are some of the best and FASTEST ways that this could be achieved? Please be detailed in your approach. And please feel free to toss in as many sailing terms/commands ("weigh anchor," "cast lines," etc.) as you can think of.
Some general ideas I have right off include:
- Kedging the anchor ... but I'm trying to understand the details about how this works. As I understand, it involves using a small boat to basically pull the ship by its anchor. Then the anchor is dropped (surely it takes several men to lift it) and reeled in, further pulling the ship.
- Using the ship's oars, but the dock would be in the way on the starboard side.
- Turning the sail backwards and catching the eastward wind.
Any of these (or a combination of these) methods seem like decent options, but I'd like to better understand their viability and details about how they'd work. I'd also love to hear any different ideas for getting the ship out fast.
Hurry, the fate of 30 souls depends on your solution!