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  1. Seeing it on the Harried model does make it clear that it is a Flag Halyard and I have no further excuse for not finishing the rigging. I still find it odd that in the original drawing the lines go either side of the sail. Odder still that they would choose to rig it in such a way that they had to take the flag down and back up again each time they tacked. Another mystery of the sea I suppose as a non sailing landlubber.
  2. Thanks to everyone for their comments and help. I think that I am going to take the coward's way out and omit this particular piece of rigging for now. Hopefully, one day I will get a eureka moment and then be able to complete this piece of rigging, knowing for sure what it is and what it does.
  3. I am working on a scratch model of Commissioner Hamilton's gunboat and have started rigging, using the attached drawing from the NMM. I have a very limited understanding of rigging practice and am puzzled by the function of the block and lines area circled in red. Presumably the line going behind the sail is attached to a pendant and can be tightened or loosened as required, but it looks to me that all that would do is lift the boom. What is it that I am missing? Any help gratefully received. Paolo

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