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  1. Doh! We spent our summer camping trip on Superior west of the Soo within sight of Whitefish point but I never heard of this museum. Oh well the border was closed anyway. Next time for sure!
  2. Kevin, you've blown me away with this 3D work! Breathtaking! I'd like to contract you to do the Fusion360 hull lines for my upcoming roman galley....😉
  3. Like many builders I paid zero attention to Heller's rigging instructions; they might as well be in Etruscan. I recommend you do the same. I read through Longridge's rigging instructions many times - evenings, at hockey and ringette practices, weekend afternoons. It's actually a pretty short read, given all the other info on hull building etc in this large book. I agree that Revell's rigging instructions are to die for, for sequence of events. Use them as a general guide for sequence, and look up lines in Longridge to get the details. Like I said before, I actually rigged jeers etc before any standing rigging (apart from looping shrouds over the masthead), for reasons of access. While reading Longridge through, I made notes in a Hilroy exercise book regarding extra eyebolts required etc. Plan, plan, plan! 😀😃
  4. Two years in a rented room to rig her, even in Detroit, would be prohibitively expensive 😁. Just want to add that my maintop photo was during build, hence the few slack lines and dangling ends 🙄.
  5. Hi Bill; That's how the topgallant shrouds (not the backstay) tie off, in the mast tops - the deadeye shown is one of the topmast shroud deadeyes with the short iron plate to which the futtock shrouds hook. This photo shows my model's maintop. The thimbles inboard of the shroud deadeyes and lanyards can be seen, as can the black topgallant mast shrouds rising inside the ratlines. Also you can just see the hooks on the futtock shrouds below the top.
  6. I think I rigged it from masthead to eyebolt figuring at least it's outside the hull. Either way works.
  7. Bill, Consult Longridge pg 233 first paragraph, and last two paragraphs. In summary, the two deadeyes on the stool are for the topmast standing backstay, and the topgallant backstay. The royal backstay either has a thimble on the end lashed to an eyebolt on the stool, or lashed to a 2nd thimble attached to the eyebolt on the stool. This eyebolt lives behind the topgallant backstay deadeye which is why you can't see a 3rd attachment in the big drawing. This backstay is Heller's "1032"; I guess they want you to attach the thread before it is inaccessible behind the deadeye after you add it.
  8. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/extraordinary-500-year-old-shipwreck-rewriting-history-age-discovery-180978825/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20211019-daily-responsive&spMailingID=45805020&spUserID=OTY4MjUzNzkyMTQ3S0&spJobID=2102058596&spReportId=MjEwMjA1ODU5NgS2
  9. I may have misled - Harland is speaking of stowing spars in the rigging when topgallant (and) topmasts are sent down; not stowage of spare spars per se. He does mention that topgallant masts are sent down a backstay and stored on the booms. His bibliography is rather extensive, including a couple of 18th century sources . but most are 19th or 20th century like our familiar Lees et. al.
  10. I agree with Popeye that upper yards were stowed in the rigging, in fact I made up the royal yards missing in the Heller Victory kit and stowed them inside the topmast shrouds. This is in accordance with "Seamanship in the Age of Sail" by Harland.
  11. Bill, we talked about this before. See post #433 where the tack runs through a sheave in the chess tree. I was just reminding you.....
  12. I agree with Kevin. Don't forget to feed that main tack through the chess tree! 🙂
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