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  1. The line would indeed pass under the rail. That is the reason the timber head is set into the rail. You will find that the top of the timber head has a lip or notch underneath it so that the line does not slip over the top. Early on, the timber heads would actually be carved heads and the line would belay around the neck. Prior to the extensive use of belaying pins most lines were secured directly to the rails. Regards,
  2. I look at it this way. The shrouds are made in a defined way to certain lengths. They all act on the same point at the mast head and they are set up in pairs. It would be very easy to get and keep them set up all in a line. And they would all be under equal tension unless you ease the foremost one occasionally when the sailing master wants to brace up very sharp. Why wouldn't they be all in line? Regards,
  3. Two half hitches just below the head of the timber head. A timber head that was meant to be belayed to would have a cove groove below the head for this purpose. Often the lead of the rope was lead beneath the adjacent rail first before belaying to the timber head or through sheaves near the base of the timber head (as in a knight head).
  4. I was a signalman in the Navy for 24 years. Topside duty, several decks above the guns usually. And I had some hearing loss from being aboard ship. It's not that unusual, even today. Regards
  5. So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
  6. Seize a small block to the truck (top) of the mast or the peak of the gaff. Reeve the smallest line that you have through the block. Both ends will belay to the same pin or cleat. Fasten your ensign to one part of the line. Regards
  7. There would be stuns'l booms on both sides regardless of whether they were both rigged out or not. Your plans show detail on only one side to improve clarity. Notice that the foot ropes and stirrups are shown on the right side while the cleats only appear on the left. Regards,
  8. Don't feel lonely. I only took one lesson when I was young, and I served 24 years in the Navy. Regards,
  9. Thanks Mark, I couldn't even find my own reference!!
  10. The sail is bent to the jackstay by means of robands. Robands are short pieces of braided rope made up with eyes on one end. The robands go through the grommets at the head of the sail in pairs and are secured by passing through each others eye. This leaves a pair of ends that will be secured to the jackstay. There were usually two roband grommets per sail cloth. To bend the sail to the jackstay the roband ends were passed around the jackstay in opposite directions, through the grommet and back up over the jackstay to be tied together with a square knot. Regards,
  11. Considering that a round seizing consists of 7-9 turns of line,use the diameter of line that looks the right size using that many turns and you should end up with a good looking seizing. If you really want to go crazy with accuracy a round seizing starts with 7-9 turns followed by riding turns one less in number in the opposite direction and three crossing turns. regards,
  12. The answer is... The clew line.
  13. OK. Travelling backstay - are set up with a traveller upon the topmast, which slides up or down according to the reefs in the topsail, thereby confining the principle support of the backstay to that part of the mast immediately above the topsail yard.
  14. Cont line - the spiral groove formed between the strands of a rope. Next: Travelling Backstay