The life of an average seaman would have been a hard one at best but the South Wales coastline was notorious for its smuggling and wreckers. Accompanying this, shipping in the area would be continously battling against massive tidal ranges, hidden sanbanks and sudden squalls that could leave the fate of the vessel and its sailors in the hands of the gods.
The remnants of these ships still exist in parts, in the ancient timbers that can still be found on the storm beaches in the area, but to find an object such as the dead eye brings to mind more of the personal qualities of a time long ago. The emphasis being on the craftsmanship and design of the object, its ability to have lasted so long under such harsh condtions amazes me.
The deadeye, made from wood was used in a ships rigging much like a block and tackle would be used.