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Hi all, 

 

Now that I am approaching the end of my Endeavour (circa 1770) build and adding some of the 'detail' I am questioning the shape and length of the spare spars that would have been carried.  As these were spares for multiple tasks I think these may not have been shaped (tapered) but rather carried as rounded blanks?

 

can anyone shed any light on this topic please?

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Hi Pat, the spares were usually shaped, such as spare top masts, topgallants and maybe a yard or two.  

 

The AOS book 'Endeavour' by Marquardt, pages 135 and 136 show shaped spares under the ship's boats (on the gallows).   

 

If a ship needed a jury rig, the bosun would use what ever he could get aloft to fly a sail.                          Duff

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Thank's Duff, do you have a Reference or anything you can point me to?  I have Marquardt (AOTS) but wonder what this is based on?  What you say makes a lot of sense but I was wondering if for these longer the same practice was applicable?  The shaped spares (which to carry) would have been set by the current  'establishment' and would have been determined from experience of ships over many years based on 'wear and tare', storm damage and battle damage etc.  I am just exploring whether a slightly adapted allotment of spare spars may have been issued for these sorts of exploration expeditions?

 

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

 

Pat

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Pat,

 

I have no idea if this can lead to help, but there are a couple photos of a model of the Endeavor in the area of the ship's boats and spare spars beneath them in James Lees'  Masting and Rigging  The caption says the model was made at the NMM and rigged by Lees, so MAYBE there is someone there that can get you answers.  There looks to be a top mast amongst other spare masts or spars but that is about the only thing I can see.   This is an interesting subject for any vessel.   I went through the 1745 Establishment page by page and it gives the dimensions of the masts and spars for the different size warships, but I found nothing there on spares to be carried. Same for the Shipbuilder's Repository, nothing on spares to be carried that I could find.  I hope someone has an answer.

 

Allan

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Pat -

 

I agree with Allan (above) - no "establishment" type of listing for spare spars.  I suspect that each class (and, for that matter, generation) of vessel had a common-practice set of spare spars, generally as generic as possible due to space constraints (that is, a spar that could be used as a top mast or top sail yard if needed, rather than individual spare spars for each).  In the case of the Endeavour, it is likely that a few more may have been included since there were no convenient ports to put in to for repairs.  You may find the best information in contemporary models or in logs and port records from the period. 

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Thanks for the feedback Allan and Wayne, much appreciated.  Your thoughts/comments align with my research to date; hence my thoughts that perhaps a more generic set of poles may have been carried that could be adapted to meet the need.

 

Allan, I will take a look at that model and some other contemporary models held by the NMM to see if there is some consistency.  I know a lot of the more modern (later built) models, and the AOTS etc show shaped spars and masts but is this interpretation or based on fact?

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Thanks for the further comments Druxey and JB; much appreciated.

 

At this point I think I will go with 2 x spare top masts (shaped but not drilled/mortised for sheaves) and a couple of spars (tapered).  However, as she was deployed on a long, unsupported voyage i think I may add a couple of round (not shaped) poles also.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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