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Hi I'm building a 4 mast ship and need resources on how to rig it.  The only resources I can find are on one two and three mast ships.  if you can rig a 3 mast ship is rigging a 4 pretty intuitive or is it like starting all over?  And if it is can you please give me a good resources on how to rig a 4 mast ship.  Thank you. 

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Hi Brett;


That probably depends upon the era of the ship in question.  If you are making a 19th century ocean-going grain carrier or similar,  they would have been very much the same.  Although the after-most mast (the jigger,  I think it is called) was normally rigged the same as the mizen mast on a three-masted vessel,  with the other three square rigged (there were,  of course,  many alternative rigs,  but I am thinking of ships which were mostly square riggers) 


In the late Medieval and Tudor period,  the aftermost mast,  called the Bonaventure mizen,  was rigged with a lateen sail,  similar to the mizen mast,  but normally smaller.  These two aftermost masts were different to the forward two,  which were square-rigged.


All the best,


Mark P

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I was looking at the kits from Artesania Latina and I see two available.  The 16th Century Galleon has three masts with the mizzen lateen rigged and the 18th century ship (not a galleon as the description claims) San Juan Nepomuceno (74) which has a square rigged mizzen.  Neither has a fourth mast in the pictures.


I am a bit confused why your plans would include a fourth mast.  Of course, not having built those kits, the pictures may be wrong.





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