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Viking ship rigging ... What’s this called

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I am currently building the Gokstad Ship by Dusek. 
Integral to the rigging of the shrouds and stay is this “ thing”, to facilitate frequent raising or lowering of the mast. 


The kit variously refers to it as a shroud block, or shroud cleat, in spite of the fact that it also occurs in the stay. N.Nicolaysen’s beautiful treatise from 1882 on the Gokstad Ship Discovery has a great sketch of it, but does not name it other than “ unidentified implements “. I’m sure 9th or 10th Century Scandinavian sailors had a colorful or functional name for it, probably referring to some animal name, or something to do with a sexual reference ( or maybe both) as sailors are wont to do. 
In this pic I’ve installed it in the stay. 
Any suggestions?

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http://www.jans-sajt.se/contents/Navigation/Modelling/Patterns_Rigg_Viking.htm seems to call it a wantenbefestigung which Google translation believes to be a 'shroud attachment'. But I wouldn't put much faith is such a translation. :)

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'shroud attachment' is the literal translation of 'Wantenbefestigung', but this is just a description of its function, not a proper term.


The link above is a Swedish Web-site using an old German reference. Fircks is not really a specialist for Viking-age shipping, he just pulled together various informations.


Actually, I doubt that we can ever know what the parts are known, because there are no contemporary written sources that match the archaeological finds. I am not an expert on Nordic shipping, but perhaps there is somewhere an equivalent modern part in use. Its modern name then may be derived from the old term ...

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