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  1. Well, Longridge is 1955 vs Steel, 1805. I think one could trust the contemporary source. This is why I don't use as reference material anything with a title like 'The making of..., How to..., Tips for...', etc. Regards,
  2. From Steel, Art of Rigging, Part II Directions for the Performance of Operations Incidental to Rigging; and for Preparing It On Shore: "The bights of shrouds are seized together to the circumference of the mast heads; the seizing of the first shroud is put on below the bolster, or the trestle trees, with seven under and six riding turns, and a double cross turn over all. The seizing of each shroud is to be laid its breadth below the next, and clear of each other to prevent chafing. Vessels having four pairs, the foremost shroud and pendant are one." In this section he a
  3. Go with the way it was done in real life for square riggers. First things first. The seizing should not be snug up to the mast. It properly falls just below the bolster on the trestle trees. That in itself will give you some wiggle room for errors in placement. To make up the shrouds for fitting. Measure the length of your shroud pair. Middle the pair and make a mark at the mid point. Now worm and serve the center third of the shroud pair. On many ships the forward most shroud was served its entire length. So, for the first pair of shrouds on each side you will be serving t
  4. Since you are going to have a do-over. I would suggest that you only use one train (in haul) tackle and shift it to the lower rear of the carriage. Single train tackles were appropriate for this size gun. 2mm blocks are the perfect size for this scale. This photo was taken before I shifted the location of the train tackle eyebolt to the center of the carriage and removed the second eyebolt. I made the same mistake you did. Also, it helps to think of the holes in the block as the space above and below a round sheave that the rope must over as it reeves th
  5. I used that gap to hide the ends of the eyebolts that I used to secure the chains to the hull. After pushing the eyebolt through holes in the hull I clenched the pins over into that gap. Then I filled the gap with putty and painted. Nice fix with the forward cleat and the housed sheaves for the sheets. Regards,
  6. I believe most of the lines should go through the lubbers hole. In fact, later era full rigged ships had fairlead holes in the top for all of those lines. The problem arises from the position of the blocks. A lot of these lines would have leading blocks at the yard that were near the mast or attached to the trestle trees that would make them come down directly adjacent to the mast and so properly lead through the lubbers hole Some lines did indeed come down outside of the top. Particularly those that belay to pins at the rail. Then they would often have fairlead thimbles or blocks
  7. I agree with all that has been said above. Something to also throw into the mix? Ships no longer worth prize money for capture? Although I have not ever read that that was a factor, it is a fun conjecture. Regards,
  8. That is correct. The timber head is the carved indentation at the top. The purpose of the indentation is to stop the hitched rope from sliding up or down the timber head, thereby preventing inadvertent slacking or unhitching. On some timber heads the multiple sheaves at the base are actually what would be the lower block of a multi-part tackle. If there are two separate lines belaying to the the timberhead, more than likely they are lines that would be worked at the same time and cast off together anyway. BTW, the reason I differentiated between a sheave located directly bel
  9. If the rope passes through a sheave beneath the pin the rope will go around the pin in the usual figure of eight except the first half turn will be around the top first. The rope never goes through the pin hole. If the jeer rope is actually going through a sheave at the base of the timber head I would belay it with a clove hitch at the top of the timber head. Regards,
  10. USS Constitution: Status - no longer extant. She was anchored in deep water on the mantlepiece when she foundered in a gale of cleaning. Cutty Sark: Status - no longer extant. Snagged in the tentacles of the kraken and dragged down to Davy Jones locker off the continental shelf. Amerigo Vespucci: Status - given as a gift Soleil Royal: Status - current build. Regards,
  11. That is a sheet and a lift block sistered together. The sheet block is the larger one with the ear. That ear is there so that the sheet will not jamb against the yard. The ear holds the block up off the yard. Regards,
  12. A word regarding tension and my two cents on the subject. The only lines that should be tensioned are in the standing rigging. Running rigging should be only be hauled to the point that they have done their job, i.e. hoisted the yard, sheeted home the sails, etc. There should be no extra tension put on any running rigging. Once your standing rigging is set up you should not have to worry about pulling anything out of alignment with running rigging. Regards,
  13. Looks just like the sign at the other end of US 20 here in Boston. I drive by it all the time.
  14. Looking at your original post. Line 213 looks to me to be a depiction of what to do with the studdingsail halyard if there are no sails. In any case the lead for the end after the jewel block at the yard arm is bogus. That is the end that would be hitched around the studdingsail yard. At the mast head it would not be hitched around the mast. You would need another block to send the hauling end down towards the deck. They have the whole thing backwards. The second diagram is actually closer to the way it should be rigged. Regards,
  15. You do not need to rattle the shrouds above the futtock stave. If you have ever been aloft on an actual ship you will quickly see that they are fairly useless anyway. There is no room to put your feet between the shrouds. Sailors going aloft climb up the outside of the futtock shrouds. They are rattled in the same manner as the shrouds. Regards,
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