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Which direction do the tails of shrouds go?

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16 minutes ago, Maury S said:

Thanks, all. Easy to see if the rope is not served.... and is the shroud always crossed before seizing?  Makes it kind of bulky.


I’ve found bulkiness can come from disproportion in the chosen scale ropes and dead eyes.   When things are correct (or close to correct) then everything looks “right.”   But to answer your question, yes they should cross and be seized vertically at the throat.   There are probably many ways to accomplish the right look without actually seizing, but figuring a way to do it is more rewarding even if frustrating and fiddly.

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There was also cutter-stay fashion used from about 1840 on, at least in Britain.  Not sure if this would have also been used for a US vessel at that time..  Keep in mind that the deadeyes had much wider scores to accommodate the cutter fashion shroud throat and round seizings.


If going with previous style rigging, the drawing Justin posted is from R.C. Anderson's book  The Rigging of Ships in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast page 94.   It is the same as given in Lees  Masting and Rigging, but note the fine print, the drawing from Anderson is as viewed from outboard.  For a more detailed drawing, albeit from inboard, check page 42 in Lees Masting and Rigging.  



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