10/17/08 115 W - + 11 - 14 FDNY Log Book on eBay

Here's something you don't see everyday, an FDNY log book for sale on eBay. Same is Hook & Ladder Company 13, from 1919-1920. Starting bid was $5.00. What's the origin of the word "log book" you ask? In days of old, when knights were bold, the speed of a ship was calculated by tossing overboard a piece of wood. e.g, a "log." Same was attached to a rope, the amount of rope was measured over time, and the measurements recorded in a "log book." Along, of course, with other aspects of the journey, weather, location, etc. Here's a picture of a "log line".

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