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    Age of sail, 13th to 19th Century. I build from kits, but only historical models.

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  1. Thank you all for taking the time and trouble for answering my inquiry in such detail. I think I will just tie the lower mast pendants to a shroud and do the topmast pendants a la Anatomy of a Ship since the I have already put the appropriate eye bolts on the channels. This kit has really tested my patience as a model builder but I think I can now finish it. Howard
  2. Well, I am following Ben Lankford's plans for Model Shipways Constitution. He does not use the term "Burton Pendants" on these plans but seems to refer to them as "Running pendants" (Plan sheet #7 and Figure 8.1 in the instruction manual.) As I said in the original post, only the topmast pendants and their tackles are shown in Anatomy of a Ship series for the Constitution. There, these tackles are hooked to the pendants and attached to the channels. Anyway, Lankford shows the pendants for both the topmasts and the lower masts but says nothing about how they are rigged to the tackles and the tackles attached to the hulls. In the "Masting and Rigging of English ships" it is stated that the pendants are usually not shown on static models. However, in the real ship, they must have been installed before the shrouds were if Lankford is to be believed. I have read that these pendants were simply tied to a shroud to prevent them flopping around.
  3. So I started the rigging of Connie. The first thing one has to do is install the “running pendants”. Lankford is pretty clear about that but not very clear on what the tackles look like and where they are anchored to the hull. After searching the literature I have on Connie, I was still unable to figure out where the lower tackles are attached. In Anatomy of the Constitution, you can see where the topmast running pendant tackles are installed, but nothing about tackles for the lower masts. Any help from previous builders would be appreciated.

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