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How would the ships boats or anything else that was heavy be brought on board or lowered off? (Edited by admin)


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Les,

 

There's been a few topics on that that some searching should get you to.  Basically, they used the main yards and the fore yards as booms with block and tackles.  Pretty labor intensive work.   

 

Minor edit:  Found one:  http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/2313-how-were-boats-launched-from-the-deck/?hl=%2Bship+%2Bboats+%2Blaunching#entry58384

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Les,  Lavery gives a detailed description on page 233 in his book The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War. 

 

From about 1625 onwards there was an increasing tendency to hoist all boats aboard and had probably become standard by the second haf of the seventeenth Century...................

....Because the largest boat were stowed between the mainmast and the foremast.............a complicated tackle was needed for hoisting them in and out................the first stage was to raise the boat from its position amidships.  Two pendants hung from the masts, one from under the top of the mainmast, the other from under the top of the foremast.  When in use these were joined together by another rope known as the triatic stay, which was the same length as the boat.  A tackle was hung from the lower end of each of the pendants, one to lift each end of the boat. Once the boat had been lifter, it had to be swung outboard.  the main and fore yards were angled inwards towards one another, and a tackle was extended from each yardarm to one end of the boat.  If the boat was heavy, the yards had to be supported with extra ropes in addition to their normal lifts. Other ropes led from the bows and stern of the boat to the deck and were used to control its motion.  The boat was swung outwards until the tackle from the yardarms took the weight,, and the it was lowered into the water.  The procedure was reversed for hoisting the boat in.

 

Hope this is of some help.

 

Allan

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