Links to resources used to research naval history
Texas A&M has a very helpful research site for The Denbigh, the Confederate blockade runner I used to create The Kate in Fortune's Horizon — here.
As a jumping off point for further research, the main site for Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University is great.
One of the terms I use in my novels which gets the greatest amount of grumbles from my critique partners is the capstan - a variously designed shipboard accoutrement which slips the anchor into the depths and then cranks it back aboard. A great model of the capstan here at Texas A&M's ship model lab.