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I am building Panart's Royal Caroline and I am up to the standing rigging and yards.

Do the yards just hang freely from the masts by the running rigging or are they fastened to the masts.

The pans show no clue. In my previous builds, the masts were fastened with parrells.  There are none with this kit.

Thank you

Alan

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The yard would have been held up with the standing rigging, not the running.  I'm not familiar with this model but the plans should show it.  You should search the kit builds (see the pinned post in the Kit area for the index downloads) and see what they did.   I think there's at least one scratch build you could search for.

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Instructions say to shape yards after standing rigging is finished.  Parrals or truss would be standing rigging. There is no mention of the yards until you get to running rigging instructions.

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Lesser,

Truss pendants superceded parrels on the lower yards in about 1760 so parrels were likely used on the lower yards of Royal Caroline  (1750), possibly with three rows of trucks .   Parrels with two rows of trucks were used on the topsail yards and topgallant yards up to about 1806.   The mizen yard also used parrels with two rows of trucks until about 1773 when they were replaced with a truss parrel.  Hope this is some help.   Lees'  Masting and Rigging has a lot of details on how the trucks are rigged along with the yards' jeers, halliards, and ties as appropriate for the era and ship size.  

Allan 

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Allan,

Thank you very much for this information.

Now that I know the proper method, I found the detail in "Rigging Period Ships" by Lennarth Petersson.

Alan

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Alan,

While the Petersson book is useful for a ship built circa 1785, as well as having some great detail work, it is may not always be appropriate for the Royal Caroline which was launched 35 years earlier.  The best source IMHO is Lees' Masting and Rigging.  

Allan 

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