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It’s a point which weighs against us, and a fact to be deplored – 
That we chased the goodly merchant-men and laid their ships aboard.

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  1. I feel the yards always look best when braced around like this. It’s more natural.
  2. The headrig is kinda ridiculous isn’t it? It’s hard to imagine it could have worked for even a few hours with no martingale giving support. Yet when you look at historic documentation you see even longer jibbooms on larger ships without much more than a bobstay. It’s puzling to consider how that was possible, with so much lifting force working on the headrig coming from all the foremast stays! Yet there it is in numerous paintings and drawings. The restoration utilized new wooden spars but the Bowsprit cap was the original 1970’s one. Congratulations on your work on Providence in 78’-80’! I’d love to see any photos you have from back then.
  3. These aren’t my photos they’re from Ryan Smith who’s also the drone photographer. Ryan, like everyone else, had no idea when the ship would be completed and set sail so his dedication was tested over and over as he waited and waited to get these shots and videos.
  4. Yesterday, June 19th 2019, Providence cast off at Wiskasette and is now underway to Virginia. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to see the final days of the restoration but I’ve been following the few updates on Facebook. The guy doing the drone videos has posted some amazing photos and today he put up this YouTube video:
  5. Frank, I’m building Syren, my third build, and would like to furl sails. Syren instructions configure the clews, bunts, sheets, etc. without sails. I can attach most of the lines to a sail and furl it to a yard before mounting the yard on the mast; but what do I do with the lines  after mounting the yards. Any help or references would be greatly appreciated. EdatWycliffe 

    1. JerseyCity Frankie

      JerseyCity Frankie

      If the diagrams included in the instructions are valid they’ll show lead blocks on the yard and under the top or near the mastheads on the upper masts. There will be a lead block for each of the lines you mention. These lead blocks are what the lines all reave through and then lead down to the deck. If the Syren documentation doesn’t show these things -it’s a great kit so I’d be surprised if there’s no rigging diagram- then I’d suggest getting a copy of Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War by Lees. The layout and lead of all running rigging from numerous eras is exhaustively laid out in that book. Alternatively you could use almost any contemporary frigate rigging diagram since the lead of these standard lines wouldn’t vary greatly from ship to ship.

    2. EdatWycliffe


      Thanks much, Frank. The Syren plan sheets indicate the blocks and I’ll check Lees. 

  6. For the record, on a real ship the whole point of the seizing is that it WONT slip. So the eye formed by the seizing on a shroud on an actual ship is just big enough to slip over the Masthead- just as it should be on a model of a traditionally rigged sailing vessel. You should be able to seize permanent eyes in your shrouds off the model and still fit them onto the mast as long as the Masthead is bare of caps or topmasta or whathaveyou.
  7. I applaud you for depicting a specific sail configuration. Too often, in my opinion, Square rigged ship models are depicted with yards perfectly squared. There’s more life and vitality and realism in a ship depicted in a specific real-world sail configuration.
  8. I’m pleased this FREE website allows us to have this essential community and I will ALWAYS be patient and be supportive whenever any slight glitch temporarily appears. I’m grateful the site is back up and running so quickly. A big THANK YOU to all of those who make this site run.
  9. Certainly I've always loved wooden sailing ships. But after seeing the photos of your build as it approached completion, I love wooden sailing ships EVEN MORE.
  10. Here’s the shots from my final day. We rigged the mainsail switched the locations of some halyards and did a lot of tidying up. As you can see the ship still isn’t ready for sea. But not because the riggers didn’t do their job. I think she looks great and I’m pretty confident the non-profit that will run her will make a success of their venture. Throat halyard. In the foreground is a topsail Lift. Our “office” aboard was the fore hatch. Our last drive in to work at lovely Wiscasset Maine. We worked seven days for the final weeks. Newly installed railing around the stern. We’ve slacked off the port boom topping lift to get at the quarter lifts. Some of our rigging tools. Everything is on a lanyard so if dropped it won’t fall to the deck or into the sea. I lost a cheap wristwatch to Davy Jones at one point. The headrig finally appearing pristine. The deck becoming less cluttered each day... With no entry port it’s either up and over the rail or through the gunport. If the wind is off the land there’s abig gap to get across too. Every deadeye aboard was finished with a cow hitch. Here are the four riggers JUST FOUR OF US! But we’re working under Jim Barry, a legend in the business who’s got COMPREHENSIVE knowledge and vast experience. He rigged the Rose for Master and Commander and MANY other ships. We set the Grand Union flag on the final day. Untill recently we didn’t run the flag halyards all the way to the deck to save clutter at the rail. After rigging the peak and throat halyards we could get kthe gaff jaws into position and finish the main. At long last we got the quarter lifts in place and this instantly did away with the overall unfinished look the rig presented to the observer. prior to this day they’d all been hanging high up in gasket coils, clearly visible from 1/4 mile off but once rigged the entire rig looks complete. Which largely it is. Bend on a headsail or two and she’s sailable now. I’m now back home in Jersey City on June 2nd 2019. My hands are sore, the skin on my hands feels too tight but in other respects I’m feeling very fine and fit-all that excercise. My life will get back to normal and I’ll start back in on my Brig Niagara model. In a few days I’m likely going to feel a little left out as I’ll no longer see what’s going on at the ship and will only see Facebook updates. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to see the hull get painted fresh. When that happens this ship is going to look even more fantastic.
  11. More photos... The headrig finally filling in. Tough SOBs undaunted. Long days in all weathers. This Spring in Maine is cold and wet. This photo is similar to earlier ones but shows the running rigging mostly in place. Coils of buntlines sheets and reeflines were all hanging from the topsail Yard since Crane Day but we ran them all properly yesterday. Halyards and downhauls are getting sorted out as are lead blocks. There’s still no room on deck for the cannon, every space is currently got a table saw a workbench or a chop saw on it. Partial deafness is a surprise likely riggers malady. For context the athwartship netting is spaced 18” apart.
  12. Today May 31st is my last day as a rigger on Sloop Providence! It’s been over two months of full time intensity, with the intensity ramping up more each week.
  13. We’re starting to wrap up rigging work on the ship, I’m heading back to New Jersey on Saturday June 1st. It’s been quite a two month experience. our plan in the last few days is to bend on a headsail or two. We’ve started running the topsail gear down to the deck and on the Bowsprit we’ve been seizing on the netting that the doused sails will spill into. There are forty athwartship lines in the netting so that’s eighty eye splices and eighty seizing! Some of the seizing were in hard to reach areas. you can see we’re still wearing cold weather outerwear in photostaken in this last week. It’s been a very cold wet spring in Maine. Typical work scene on deck. Shipfitters are running chop saws table saws and power planers all day, it’s very noisy and sawdust everywhere. In order to put the outboard seizings on the net on the jibboom guys a plank is lashed in place and it’s quite comfortable compared to the footropes. Cold wet biting wind. Also in this photo is the crappy freying old Bowsprit netting.
  14. There are two stays, set up with tackle. It’s wonky but it’s how it was done, and still done today on Baltimore Clippers like Pride and Amistad.
  15. Hello drone guy I remember you. Everyone loves the mast stepping video you shot and edited. We’ve been sharing it on social media. I’d be delighted to have you use my photos. If you’re on Facebook I can send you a link to a larger album. Search for “Frank Hanavan “.

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