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G.L.

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  • Birthday 02/28/1959

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    Ship modeling, historic shipbuilding, reading, gardening, bicycling and jogging

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  1. This week, the only thing to report is that the port shrouds are also provided with ratlines and staves.
  2. As you show it in your images, it looks all so easy. But is surely isn't. Beautiful craftmanship. Congratulations.
  3. Practice makes perfect. Slowly I find my way in making the ratlines and at the end of the week the whole starboard side is done. For the upper three steps the spacing between the shrouds becomes too narrow, I replace them by staves.
  4. Now the rat-lines have to be tied to the shrouds. Seems a very boring activity to me, but it has to be done. At the bottom, just above the upper dead eyes comes a stave. On smaller boats it was often a wooden bar, but on a smack it was an iron stave, served with rope. I served a 1,5 mm brass bar. The stave held into position for rigging. The port stave rigged. Both staves rigged. I clamp now a card with the rat-line intervals against the backside of the shrouds. A ratline is a piece of cord with a loop at both sides. It is parallel attached to the shrouds at equal distances. It is tied to the middle shroud with a clove hitch. And the loops are attached to the outer shrouds with seizings. I am not very handy with rope work. Here is my progress after a whole afternoon.
  5. Looks nice with the light on. You're not the only one working in the garden it is the same situation here. This week I spend more time in the garden than in the workshop but it is as pleasant.
  6. Thank you Carl and Patrick, This week I continued with the shrouds. Now I can connect the lower dead eyes with the upper ones with the lanyards. A knot at the end of the lanyard at the backside of the first hole in the upper dead eye prevents it from slipping out of the dead eye. The lanyard is going down and up through the deadeyes like shown on the pictures. The end of the lanyard is tied up like described by zu Mondfeld in his book 'Historic ship models' The following order of rigging the dead eyes is first the starboard forward shroud, followed by the port forward shroud. Then the starboard middle shroud. The port middle shroud. Then the starboard after shroud And finally the port after shroud.
  7. Thank you, Mark. This week I went on with the mast. 19.3. The spars. Rigging the mast The rigging job starts with making rope for the shrouds. Three strings of four black yarn. Serve the shrouds for the eye seizing with my self-made serving machine. It is inspired by the Syren serving machine, but surely not as good. The first shroud is a single one for the starboard side. With the shrouds placed, the mast will be finally into position, so I may not forget to place the roll of the jib boom roller. The forward starboard shroud laid around the mast. On top of it comes the forward port shroud. Then it is the turn of the next starboard shroud which is a twin shroud. The very last one is the twin port shroud. I will now attach the dead eyes to the shrouds. To place them at a parallel line with the lower dead eyes I pin the top dead eyes on a wooden board on which the level is marked. Making the eye seizing. Then the end seizing. And finally the middle seizing and cutting the surplus of the rope. The three starboard dead eyes are rigged. The loose end of the shrouds are at the aft side of the shrouds. After some time the three port dead eyes are also rigged. Here the loose ends are at the forward side.

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