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I was fortunate to be in Sydney, Australia last week and briefly visited HMS Endeavor. I was surprised to see that the sails were not attached to the jackstays but lashed to the yards. Or am I mistaken that the “rod” above the yard isn’t a jackstay?FB94249D-62C1-4852-BBE9-99C9B51E0E46.thumb.jpeg.66f2d3e1140a8d15e8572a41ba9a9e8e.jpeg




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Hello Steve,

According to James Lees' book The Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War, page 159, jackstays on the yards were introduced in 1811.  If this is correct for a bark such as Endeavour as well, and as she was launched in 1764 and eventually scuttled in Newport, Rhode Island in 1778,   there would have been no jackstays on the yards.  Photos of the  model of Endeavour at NMM which was rigged by Mr. Lees does not show jackstays.  I am sure there are others here with a lot more information on Endeavour that may be of more help to you.  




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