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  1. I'm not afraid of heights but I am afraid of falling from heights. I'm rigging Niagara and was doing the main shrouds & futtocks. It made me start wondering how they got to the mast top. I can see going up the rats on the shrouds & futtocks. But then you're right under the top and there really isn't much to grab hold of. There's no hole to go thru so you would have to climb up over the edge. At that point about the only thing to pull yourself up is the deadeye lashing. How do they do it?
  2. Mark - I've had that "carry over" several days later. I still can't faithfully reproduce the problem but it has happened more than once. Entered a response, thought I submitted it. A day or two latter I'm back at the thread and my response is not posted. If I click in the editing box, which is empty, my missing response gets put into the edit box. Isn't there an auto-save function in the editor? I wonder if it is getting confused.
  3. A Goggle search on deadeye lanyard rigging will pull plenty of pix for you.
  4. A quick clarification

    Well right or wrong here is the halyard and tackle belayed to itself. Oh the magic we do with CA glue
  5. A quick clarification

    Great idea Keith. I completely forgot about that. Now would be a really good time to go back and have a second look. I'm taking a short break from the Niagara rigging to do some woodwork on another build, so this is perfect timing. Thanks!
  6. A quick clarification

    Hey Keith - your picture taught me something. I've seen a line faked but never knew what it was called. I've also heard the term fake but didn't know what it was. I'm still stumped as to what you do with the rope shown in the plans as it exits the upper block. A half hitch? Then coil the fall? Given that this is all happening on the lower top, I doubt if anything would be left on the flooring.
  7. A quick clarification

    This has been a great conversation, however I just realized I am still wondering about the OP. Should have posted this pic at the start. ???
  8. A quick clarification

    Thanks Mark - I see your point. I would wager that this is similar to the "coil" of rope in the 4th pic Frankie posted. I mean honestly, what else can you do with that much big rope? I doubt if it would roll into the dainty pinwheels we see all to often. I would also wager that it was someones job to make the rounds and ensure that they haven't been tossed about and remain neatly stowed on deck.
  9. A quick clarification

    Always good to have another option. Glad it helped Tom.
  10. A quick clarification

    Great pix Frankie! I've seen the technique in the 2nd pic and was tempted to go that route rather than the frap. Interestingly (and a little humorously) I was told that it was probably a museum rig and probably not used. Go figure. The one thing I do notice - not a coil in sight.
  11. A quick clarification

    Thank you Ulises. Frapping was for real, especially on the open water. And I agree, I like the look. Especially with the Syren rope.
  12. A quick clarification

    Agreed Ron. It's not like today when the bad guy could be right around the corner. You usually had plenty of time to prepare. On the other hand, some of the running rigging - where the plans say belay to itself - did have to be accessible very quickly. I have read accounts of Niagara describing how top heavy she was under full sail. A big gust during that time could have been disaster. Of course they had upwards of 30 men in the spars just about all the time to be ready to furl or reef a sail.
  13. A quick clarification

    There are statements to the effect that coils on deck were done for inspections or when the brass would be hitching a ride on your ship. I'm with you Bill, they don't seem real practical for everyday use. Decks should be as clear as possible. It is interesting to think if gun tackles were frapped during open water activities and would be unfrapped for drills or action, what did they do with all the excess rope?
  14. A quick clarification

    Maybe the difference between contemporary rigging (belayed to itself) and historical? I know a lot of compromises were made during the rebuild due to the fact that there isn't 150+ guys to work the boat any more. I prefer frapping where possible because I believe the coils on the deck look contrived, would have posed a safety hazard and likely wouldn't stay put for very long. Lavery and Lees both have references to frapping in various applications (guns included), most of which seem to have to do with getting excess rope out of the way. My understanding is that frapping was done in open water where the need for instant release was low. A good application for guns where there was time to unravel and do whatever with the fall before action started.
  15. A quick clarification

    Mark - I tried frapping one last night. It definately make sense, a good strong bind and the excess is out of the way. I just wish I had done the frapping a little earlier in the rigging process. Now I'm having to do it using a pair of tweezers in each hand. BTW - I did frap all my gun tackles on this build.