What impressed me the most about the old sailing ships were the number of ropes needed, how they would have to keep them organized so they didn't get tangled up, the fact that they needed someone to make all the ropes and all the different kinds of working knots and fancy knots they knew how to tie.
The other thing was the fact that people had to climb the rope ladders up to let the sails down or take them up, with no safety rope attached to them. I can't imagine how they did that in stormy weather. They had to not be afraid of heights either as that top sail was very high up.
Below was a picture of the workings of an old steam powered ferry. I loved all these black knobs all over the engine room. I would have taken more of the different kinds, but my camera battery was dying.
In the afternoon, we went to a beach on Coronado island (which is really a peninsula).