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NIc... .I found a painting,  (Print) of the Red Jacket at a local consignment store.  However, its depiction didn't show Chief Red Jacket as the figurehead, and it only flew a royal on all masts with no *Upper topsail*….just the main course, topsail, topgallant, and royal.  Only four sails per mast.  Question:  Did the Red Jacket ever get refitted with Howes rig and fixed with a *Lower topsail* during her history?  Was she ever *Originally* fitted out with only 4 sails per mast?  

 

Rob(Or is the artist simply in error?)

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I was hoping to find some progress this morning....but I know full well these *Lady's* can't be rushed and I know excruciatingly well about time availability.  I myself am only hours of work away from completing my own GR build, but *things* always come up...I have to install a privacy fence this weekend...so there goes my *hours* of dedication to my own build......

 

Love your work and am looking forward to your next post.

 

Rob

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Thanks Rob,

 

I've had a sinus infection that had me down for several days. 3 other people at BlueJacket are sick (none Corona-V). All the lower lifts are done, and I'm working on the top yards.

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On 3/3/2020 at 1:47 PM, rwiederrich said:

NIc... .I found a painting,  (Print) of the Red Jacket at a local consignment store.  However, its depiction didn't show Chief Red Jacket as the figurehead, and it only flew a royal on all masts with no *Upper topsail*….just the main course, topsail, topgallant, and royal.  Only four sails per mast.  Question:  Did the Red Jacket ever get refitted with Howes rig and fixed with a *Lower topsail* during her history?  Was she ever *Originally* fitted out with only 4 sails per mast?  

Rob(Or is the artist simply in error?)

 

We carry a book of the Red Jacket that is pretty comprehensive. Paintings of her maiden voyage show both 4 sails and 5 sails on the masts. Here are some shots from the book:

 

Book cover

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Sail plan:

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Dimensions of masts and yards:

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Oil painting sailing into Liverpool maiden voyage:

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The painting I saw is very similar to the first image of the book cover.....

Like most early clippers they didn't have lower topsails or skysails....not until the mid 50's did many get overhauled.

 

Rob

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I use split topsails to tell me if she was built in the 1860s and later or before that. She looks to have single topsails and topgallants in all those images. It's just the addition of the skysails over the royals that are in question. Could easily have been added at any time. A new Royal/Skysail pole and she'd easily be retrofitted with it at a later date. I wonder if that happened or was she launched that way? 

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18 hours ago, Sailor1234567890 said:

I use split topsails to tell me if she was built in the 1860s and later or before that. She looks to have single topsails and topgallants in all those images. It's just the addition of the skysails over the royals that are in question. Could easily have been added at any time. A new Royal/Skysail pole and she'd easily be retrofitted with it at a later date. I wonder if that happened or was she launched that way? 

 

Indeed, skysails and their masts were the easiest additions...adding Howes and Forbes rig to the lower topsails(Newly added sail), would have been a bit more work, but what made sail work easier for the crew.

Double topgallants came along even later.

 

If practice was equal across the board....the  Red Jacket probably was originally fitted out with mains, topsails, topgallant and royals.   It was the clipper hull that made the most impact in the new design.....the rig followed along after.

 

Rob

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Wonderful work...love it.

 

I finished the Great Republic.

 

Keep up the good work.  I'll be working on the Glory of the Seas now.....

 

Rob

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On 4/2/2020 at 9:38 AM, MrBlueJacket said:

So here's the main top yard installed

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And a close-up of the twin chain halyards that hold it up.

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Wonderful work....

 

Double halyard chain lifts...interesting. 

 

Rob

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Been a couple of weeks and nothing new Nic...everything going well?  I suspect you either are taking a break because of the 19 or you have so much work done you will *thrill* us with a page of new images with finished yards and running rigging...….

 

Rob (thinking of you)

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